Winter Storm – City Services Update

Brantford Snow Plow

In response to the winter storm currently moving through our area, the City’s Operational Services crews are active in full winter control salting and plowing operations on all red, blue, and green routes and sidewalks, in priority, that will continue throughout the day and evening.

Hazardous winter conditions are expected.  A winter storm with a combination of 10 to 20 cm snow, ice pellets and freezing rain is expected today into tonight.

We strongly encourage residents to minimize or eliminate their walking and driving activities as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to snow and freezing rain. This will allow City staff and contracted services time to respond to the conditions. We also ask residents to please park their vehicles off the street whenever possible during the event to allow our combination trucks to service roadways more effectively. 


Brantford City Hall is open today as is the City’s Customer Contact Centre: 519-759-4150.

Parks and Trails

To ensure the community’s safety, the public is strongly urged to avoid parks and trails, where many surfaces remain slippery and unsafe.

Recreational Programming

  • Bell Homestead  - Closed. 
  • Beckett Adult Leisure Centre – Closed. All programs cancelled.
  • Brantford Civic Centre – Adult Shinny cancelled.
  • TB Costain - all programs, rentals and activities cancelled. 
  • Branlyn Community Centre - all programs, rentals and activities cancelled. 
  • Doug Snooks Eagle Place - all programs, rentals and activities cancelled. 
  • Woodman Community Centre - all programs, rentals and activities cancelled. 
  • Shellard’s Neighbourhood – All programs cancelled today.
  • Major Ballachey Hub - Kids Club cancelled. 

While the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre facility is open, the following programs and activities are impacted today as follows:

  • Swim lessons until 4:00 p.m. 
  • Kid Care cancelled (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • 1:00 p.m. Safe Zone cancelled
  • 1:15 p.m. Aqua Yoga cancelled

For an updated list of Parks and Recreational programming closures including evening activities, please visit Parks and Rec Facebook and Parks and Rec Twitter as well as the WGSC Facebook and WGSC Twitter accounts for updates. 

Brantford Transit and Brantford Lift

  • Brantford Transit is operating though passengers can expect delays.
  • Brantford Lift service is suspended today and this evening.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency shelter is available to any individual who needs it through the City of Brantford’s homelessness programs. Those requiring shelter, or members of the public encountering individuals who need emergency shelter, should contact the Social Services Support Centre by phone at 519-759-7009 or in person at 220 Colborne Street, Brantford. The Support Centre is the best option for assistance, offering access to a range of shelter solutions. Citizens can also reach out to shelters directly to inquire about availability. For support or assistance after hours, contact the Salvation Army at 519-753-4193.

Emergency Shelters and Contact Information

•       Salvation Army (single men aged 18+), 519-753-4193

•       Rosewood House (single men and women, aged 18+), 519-750-1547

•       Nova Vita (homeless women/children), 519-752-4357

•       Youth Resource Centre (Male and female youth aged 15-19), 519-758-9644

Meetings of Council 

  • 4:30 p.m. Special City Council – Private and Confidential Items - Cancelled. 
  • 6:00 p.m. Special City Council – Open Session Items/Committee of the Whole – Operations and Administration - Cancelled.
  • The Special City Council Meeting will be rescheduled to tomorrow (February 13) commencing at 4:00 p.m., with Estimates Committee being held immediately thereafter.
  • Estimates Committee for February 19th at 6:00 p.m. will be cancelled and replaced with Committee of the Whole – Operations and Administration.
  • Revised agendas for Special City Council and Estimates Committee for tomorrow will be distributed and available on the City’s website shortly.

Environment Canada Freezing Rain Warning in effect 

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for our area. Travel throughout the day may be impacted by these conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots are likely to become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your travel plans with changing road conditions. Ice build-up may cause tree branches to break and utility outages may occur. 

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

To report severe weather, please send an email to or tweet reports using #ONStorm.