Winter Maintenance

Malahide is unique in that many of our neighbours use a variety of methods to travel about the Township. It is not unusual for drivers to encounter school children walking on a sparsely populated rural Township road on their way to school.

It is especially important during the winter season that due care and consideration be given by all persons using the road so as to not endanger other users. Share the Road!

Mailbox Damage

If your mailbox or mailbox post is damaged during winter control activities by Township equipment, please complete the Mailbox Declaration Form. Your options include the replacement of the damaged property or financial compensation.

Please ensure that your mailbox meets the requirements for Rural Mail Delivery as outlined by the Canada Post Corporation and is maintained in suitable condition. 

For more information, please contact the Public Works Coordinator - 519-773-5344 ext.232

Overnight Parking

The Township Staff will be enforcing “No Overnight Parking” on all County and Township roads and streets in Malahide, including Port Bruce and Springfield.

Effective November 15th for Winter Control Operations, all vehicles parked on the roadways or municipal properties between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. will be ticketed with a $25.00 fine. This by-law will be enforced until March 15th.


The Township proudly meets the Minimum Maintenance Standards for roadways as set out in the Highway Traffic Act.

In order to meet these expectations, some roads are given a higher priority. The plowing and salting routes are prioritized based upon these regulatory obligations. In general, local roads will be cleared shortly after the main routes are clear and safe.

The degree of winter maintenance will vary in accordance with the role that the road/street plays in the overall transportation network and its classification according to the Minimum Maintenance Standards.

The piling of snow on or adjacent to the roadway has the potential to be a contributing factor in a vehicle and/or pedestrian accident and you could be liable. 

Section 181 of the Highway Traffic Act states that: “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission, in writing, to do so from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance of the road”.

Sidewalk Snow Removal

The Township has deemed it necessary to provide winter maintenance on all municipal sidewalks that are located within the villages of Avon, Lyons, and Springfield per the Sidewalk Winter Control Policy

Priority for winter maintenance activities will be given to those sidewalks which are located within 1.6 kilometers of a school and that are located on the Elgin County road allowance.

Sidewalk winter maintenance activities will commence within 48 hours after becoming aware of the fact that at least 8 cm (3 inches) of snowfall has accumulated on the sidewalks.

The Township may apply winter control materials to assist in the prevention of icy conditions. Winter control materials shall consist of sand, salt/sand, and salt in any combination.

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