Winter in the Lower Mainland can mean a variety of weather - from ice and snow, to wind and power outages, to rain and heavy flooding. The information on these pages will help you learn about the City’s operations during these events, as well as your responsibilities and how to be prepared for any emergency.
To report an area of concern, please use our real-time Coquitlam Snow Response Request tool. Note that while snow is falling or until the primary roads are cleared, the City will not be addressing local roads or lanes.
During a snow event, City roads are plowed according to a priority system aimed at supporting the greater public safety and public transportation access:
Private roads are not maintained by the City. Residents need to contact their Property Management Company or Strata for concerns related to their roads.
View the Coquitlam Snow Response Plan Map (PDF).
The City of Coquitlam’s snow plows cannot deliver their best service when cars are parked on critical roadways. When there is snow in the forecast, do not park on the street. All vehicles should be parked in a driveway, garage, carport or other area of their private property - this applies to residents in secondary suites as well. Landlords must provide areas for their residents to park off the street.
Additionally, each year, from Nov. 1 to Mar. 15, the City implements parking restrictions in problematic and steep areas of Coquitlam to assist City crews to plow streets clear from curb to curb making the streets safer for winter driving during snow events.
Drivers and residents are asked to follow all posted parking restrictions on their street, and as indicated on street regulation signage at all locations within the City. This will prevent you from having to dig out your vehicle, and will also prevent you receiving a ticket or having your vehicle towed.
If you live on any street below, please review map and note the restrictions and the signage on your street:
The City has also implements a type of parking restrictions that is 'activated' every time snow is in the forecast until the end of the snow event and the streets are clear.
If you live in any of the locations listed below, the City will advise that the restriction has been activated via the City’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (please follow us) and via email to subscribers of our Winter Parking Restriction NotifyMe email - please subscribe here to help prevent receiving a ticket and having your vehicle towed.
In the event of hazardous road conditions due to snow and/or ice, there may be delays or a temporary cancellation of collection services. If garbage, green cart and/or recycling has not been collected by 7 p.m., please bring it in for the night. The next morning set carts out curbside after 5:30 a.m. If carts are still not collected please bring them in again and wait until your next regularly scheduled collection day.
Questions regarding missed garbage and green cart collection should be directed to Waste Connections of Canada at 604-636-3520.
Questions regarding missed recycling collection should be directed to GFL Environmental at 604-529-4011.
The best way to get timely information about garbage collection is through the City’s ReCollect app, available for download in the Google Play or App store. Sign up for instant phone, text or email alerts regarding service disruptions and delays here or by downloading the free Coquitlam Curbside Collection app.
To help us better serve you during a winter weather event, please remember the following: