Winter Maintenance for Commercial Properties

Is your business winter-ready?

Whether you clear your snow or hire someone to do it, you are responsible for the safety of others on your property. Because safety is number one, you reach for what has always worked – salt. However salt can create more problems than it solves.

Over salting or salting when not required can be damaging to property and our community's drinking water.  Salt should never be your first or only line of defence to deal with snow and ice. Salt can be part of the answer, but using it correctly can protect you and your drinking water.

infographic showing actions to improve winter maintenance

Institutional and commercial properties:

Free sign to close unneeded areas

Order form to request your free Area Closed sign.

Manage your risk from potential slip and fall hazards by closing areas not needed in the winter. Identify areas you can close without impeding emergency exits, accessibility ramps or entrances such as overflow parking, outdoor patios, extra walkways and stairways.

Area Closed sign specifications:

  • Sign size: 30 cm wide x 45 cm high (12 inches wide x 18 inches high)
  • Sign material: Aluminum steel
  • Weight: 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
  • Display options: hang from chains, mount on post or attach to fence (not included with sign - hardware required to display the sign is the responsibility of the property owner)


closed sign and examples of areas to close

Winter safety posters and window clings

Display these posters and window clings to promote winter safety to your staff and visitors.

sample winter safety posters and window clings

Worksheet to prepare your winter maintenance plan

Use this winter maintenance plan worksheet to prepare for winter.

The worksheet covers:

  • salt training
  • record keeping
  • winter maintenance contract
  • ice formation prevention and parking lot design
  • winter maintenance practices
  • salt storage
  • sample map to complete property site assessment

Snow removal service contractors:

Winter maintenance resources:

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