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Snow control

Snow and ice removal

For weather information impacting UFV, see the severe weather notices.

Provision for snow clearance and ice control for the University is provided by a contracted snow removal contractor.

Whenever possible, snow and ice control activities will be scheduled during campus off-hours to minimize disruption to routine UFV educational and operational activities. The aim is to have all roads, parking lots and sidewalks snow and ice free by 8 am on each "school" day.

The following is the order of priority for snow removal and/or sanding: 

  • sidewalk ramps, curb cuts and parking stalls used by the disabled
  • main building entrances and emergency road access points
  • sidewalks, when required.Walks are generally sanded and/or salted once in the morning and once again in the afternoon (or increased depending on the need)
  • roads and parking lots 

In Winter, Watch Your Step...

Most accidents due to ice, snow and general winter conditions are preventable.

Here are a few guidelines to help us get through the season safely:

  • While travelling to and from work or school, wear appropriate winter footwear - preferably with flat, rubber, slip-resistant soles. A second pair of footwear should be kept at the workplace.
  • Where possible, walk on plowed, sanded, well-lit paths and walkways. Avoid taking short cuts over snow banks.
  • Be extra careful when getting out of your vehicle in parking lots as it is very difficult to sand between parked cars, and there may be slippery patches.
  • Always use handrails on steps and walk carefully.
  • Cross roadways at pedestrian crosswalks.‌


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