Facilities Services provides reliable, quality services in support of the core academic and research mission of the University. Working with colleagues across our campuses, we enhance the quality of campus life for all members and visitors through the alignment of our activities within the University's guiding principles.

How Facilities Services work to keep you safe — Snow Removal

Our Procedures:

For Snow fall accumulation of 4 cm:  The Grounds team maintains a 24/7 presence on site during the winter months. When 4 cm of snow has accumulated, Grounds Management will call in additional staff to begin plowing, salting and sanding the roads and sidewalks, while special heavy machinery is brought in to plow the large exterior lots. When snow continues to fall and accumulation exceeds 4 cm, all available staff and machinery are put into action. The staff undertakes this work because the safety of the Community is their top priority.

Prior to a snow fall, Grounds staff applies de-icers to major pathways including roads, fire routes, bus stops, walkways and parking areas. When inclement weather arrives, Grounds staff are on site and provide continuous service throughout a snow event. Depending on the timing of the snow fall, Grounds staff will work well into the evening and throughout the night to ensure the campus is fully serviced and ready for the morning.

Order of Priority for snow removal:

  1. Primary roads, including fire and bus routes, escape doors and stairways
  2. Major sidewalks, main building entrances ramps, curb cuts and parking spaces used by individuals with disabilities
  3. Secondary sidewalks and secondary building entrances
  4. Secondary roads and parking lots

For Snow fall accumulation of less than 4 cm:  In the event of a snow fall with accumulation of 4 cm or less, the Grounds staff will start work at their regular scheduled time — 6 a.m. This allows adequate time for quick action to remove light snow and ice. York University staff are on site 24/7 in order to begin clearing and applying de-icer materials as needed.

De-icers:  York University is environmentally conscious, as such we minimize the use of rock salt to reduce corrosion and to avoid tracking salt into buildings. A mixture of sand and salt is mainly used for de-icing purposes. Pure rock salt might be used during an ice storm or if there is freezing rain. Magnesium chloride pellets are used on concrete surfaces or at building entrances and stairways to help minimize corrosion.  Brine de-icing liquid is a material which is applied proactively on road surfaces, parking lots and major side walks. Brine is more effective at lower temperatures when conditions are appropriate. Brine is considered more sustainable and better for the environment than salt; brine prevents ice from sticking to the roads, making removal of ice from the roads much easier.

Learn more about all the ways we work to keep our community safe.


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