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You Could Get Fined Up To $1500 Dollars Across Canada This Winter For Not Shovelling Snow Off Your Sidewalk

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As if winter in Canada could get any worse now you can be fined for avoiding your shovelling duties. 
That’s right, it can actually cost you money if you make the personal choice not to shovel your sidewalk.

Multiple cities across the country have put in rules to ensure that Canadian residents that own homes or properties clear the sidewalk for pedestrians.
If it is not cleared within 24 hours of snowfall, property owners could be fined up to $1500 depending on your location. 

I think it’s safe to say that most Canadians have shoveled a driveway or two.
It’s also pretty safe to assume that most of us have procrastinated the chore once or twice in our life, but who cares, no big deal, right?

Well, if you’re dealing with snow, it can be a big deal because, as it turns out, you’re responsible for a fair share of snow clearing.

Wait, what? Isn’t it the city’s responsibility to keep the roads and sidewalks safe? Nope! Owners or occupants of buildings are required to clear and completely remove snow and ice in front or behind structures.


It is your responsibility as a business owner or inhabitant to apply sand, ashes, and salt to sidewalks when they become slippery.

So, what happens if you refuse this chore on account of your own laziness? Well, you can face a fine of up to $1500 for not clearing snow from private property in provinces like British Columbia and Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador.

I know, I know, that’s a lot of responsibility you didn’t know about it, but better to grab a shovel then head to court.

It is being reported that some provinces could see up to 70 cm of snow, which gives you even more of a reason to invest in some snow clearing gear.


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