HRM storm operations information update: 5pm Feb 5 2024

Clean up efforts

Prolonged snow events present challenging conditions for crews. During snow events with over 30 centimetres of accumulation, our crews require additional time to clear snow. Sidewalks are presenting particularly challenging conditions and will still take several days to clear. Crews will continue to work around the clock until the snow has been cleared from municipal streets, sidewalks and bike lanes. 311 is triaging calls to ensure priority needs are met.

Crews are focused on clearing Priority 1 routes, which include main arterials, emergency routes and Halifax Transit routes. Crews will also continue to clear Priority 2 routes, which include residential streets and gravel roads.

Residents are asked not to clear snow on to the street or sidewalk, as this impedes ongoing snow clearing operations.

In the event of an emergency, residents are reminded to call 911. Snow clearing crews ensure access for emergency responders.

Halifax Transit

All Halifax Transit bus, Access-A-Bus and ferry service has resumed. Passengers are advised there may be delays and/or cancelled trips. Halifax Transit shares real-time cancellation information with a number of third-party apps to assist people in planning ahead.

For the latest updates on transit service, visit our website and follow @hfxtransit on X.

Municipal offices

All municipal offices, including in-person Customer Service Centres and the Planning & Development permit office, will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Parks & Recreation

All municipal recreation facilities will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6.

For the most up-to-date information, follow hfxrec on X or call your local recreation centre.

Solid Waste

Curbside collection of solid waste will proceed as planned tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 6. Residents are asked to place waste outside tomorrow morning, remembering that collection can begin as early as 7 a.m.

Please ensure all waste cans and bags are placed in an area clear of snow and traffic, and fully visible and accessible from the road. Garbage boxes must have a clear path, be clear of snow and able to open freely. Collection vehicles may not be able to access private lanes safely. If you live on a private lane, to ensure collection, please bring your waste to the main road.

Curbside collection of solid waste scheduled for Monday, Feb. 5, was cancelled due to the winter storm. Recovery will occur on Saturday, Feb. 10. Curbside garbage limits will be relaxed for Saturday, Feb. 10 and Monday, Feb. 12 for the missed collection days.

The permanent Household Special Waste Depot located at 20 Horseshoe Lake Drive will be closed on Saturday, February 10.

For the most up-to-date information, visit our website or download the Halifax Recycles app


The overnight winter parking ban will continue to be enforced (in both Zone 1 – Central and Zone 2 – Non-Central), from 1 to 6 a.m.

Residents are reminded that regardless of the status of an overnight winter parking ban, or whether you have received a notification, vehicles can be towed, day or night, at any time of year, if they are interfering with snow-clearing operations, as per Section 139 of the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act.

Residents are strongly encouraged to continue to park off-street to allow crews to clear snow as efficiently as possible.

Halifax Public Libraries

It is anticipated most Halifax Public Libraries will reopen tomorrow. Please check their website to confirm.

Support for those experiencing homelessness

The Province of Nova Scotia funds the operation of emergency shelters in the municipality, which are run by various service providers: 

  • Halifax | 2029 North Park Street
  • Dartmouth | 197-199 Windmill Road
  • Lower Sackville (Beacon House Shelter) | 125 Metropolitan Avenue
  • Multi-Purpose Centre of the Halifax Forum | 6210 Young Street

Residents are reminded that in the event of an emergency to call 911. Snow clearing crews ensure access for emergency responders.

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