December 5, 2017 News, Public Service, Safety

The UNA takes snow removal seriously and is making consistent, coordinated efforts with UBC Building Operations to keep main throughways and sidewalks clear.

Report icy sidewalks to UNA snow removal crews by submitting an email to

The UBC Snow Removal Routes:

The UNA contracts UBC Building Operations for snow removal on roads.

The focus of UBC Building Operations is to keep ice from forming on roadways and to mobilize when the forecast gives us reason to believe we have ice concerns for roads.  As the snow starts to fall, UBC Building Operations will start to plow when the accumulation of snow reaches about 2 inches and carry on with this until the snow event ends.

Residents are encouraged to take the closest 1st priority route for commuting purposes. For 1st Priority please referred to UBC Snow Removal Map.


The UNA Sidewalk Snow Removal Plan:

The UNA snow removal crews work to ensure residents have access to key areas in the neighbourhood.

The UNA will prioritize the following locations for snow and ice removal (UNA Sidewalks Maps):

  • Sidewalk around Essential Services
  • Sidewalk around Community Centres
  • Sidewalks around school
  • School routes
  • High traffic sidewalks that are connected to main UBC walkways
  • Sidewalks around bus stops
  • Major crosswalks and letdowns

The focus of UNA snow removal crews is to keep ice from forming on sidewalks. Ice maintenance services will perform based on the weather forecast. Snow removal service will begin when 2” – 3” of snow has accumulated.

Our snow removal crews will prioritize their work to ensure residents are able to access key areas in the neighbourhood. Snow removal crews will first tackle 1st Priority sidewalks and then branch out toward 2nd Priority sidewalks.

In order to maximize efficiency, snow removal crews will focus on one neighbourhood at a time. Snow removal will begin in Wesbrook Place and Hawthorn Place neighbourhoods, and then extend their service to nearby neighbourhoods.

The public is encouraged to do their part to keep sidewalks around their property clear of snow and ice.

*In the case of extreme weather conditions, snow removal crews may face significant challenges to travel back to the UNA area due to uncontrollable circumstances. Please note this may significantly impact our snow and ice removal operations. UNA snow removal crews will make their very best efforts to prioritize, and perform removal service with the resource that is available under extreme conditions.


Snow Removal Outside of UBC and UNA:

The roads of the UBC Endowment Lands, including Southwest Marine Drive from 41st to 16th ave and Chancellor Blvd from Westbrook Mall to Alma are managed by Mainroad under contract with the Provincial Government of BC.

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