Starting tomorrow morning, 10 fire halls around the city of Vancouver will be handing out free salt to residents between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The purpose is to help people and businesses have enough salt to clear their sidewalks and driveways.
People are being asked to bring their own bucket and shovel.
Supply will be limited, so fire halls are asking residents to take only as much salt as they need, with a maximum of two buckets.
They are also asking people to consider donating to local charities in exchange for the free salt.
The 10 fire halls that will have free salt for Vancouver residents are:
- Fire Hall #3 – 2801 Quebec Street
- Fire Hall #4 – 1475 W. 10th Avenue
- Fire Hall #7 – 1090 Haro Street
- Fire Hall #12 – 2460 Balaclava Street
- Fire Hall #13 – 4013 Prince Albert Street
- Fire Hall #14 – 2804 Venables Street
- Fire Hall #15 – 3003 E. 22nd Avenue
- Fire Hall #17 – 7070 Knight Street
- Fire Hall #19 – 4396 W. 12th Avenue
- Fire Hall #22 – 1005 W. 59th Avenue
Meanwhile, it might come as a surprise to you that some municipalities hit hard with snow during this cold snap have issued little to no fines for failing to clean-up sidewalks
The City of Burnaby hasn’t handed out any fines to businesses or residences for failing to shovel snow or ice caked onto their sidewalks.
But it has issued 250 warnings.
In Coquitlam, Acting bylaw manager Sarah Bull says only 13 tickets have been handed out.
“It is complaint based. Engineering and public work staff will deliver a warning letter to addresses that have not cleared their sidewalks, giving them an additional time frame to clear their sidewalks. Bylaw officers will re-attend that address and after the given time frame, if they haven’t cleared their sidewalk, a ticket will be issued.”
A bit tougher in Vancouver where 36 cases are going to court, mostly commercial and strata properties failing to clean up.
And 50 extra staff are out enforcing warnings and fines in Vancouver.
Fines start at $75 for those three municipalities.
With files from Emily Lazatin