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CLEARING SNOW AND ICE FROM SIDEWALKS: WHAT IS A HOMEOWNER'S RESPONSIBILITY

Municipal bylaws require residents to clear snow and ice from municipal sidewalks in front of their properties within a prescribed time period. However, the municipality is ultimately responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks and is responsible for breaching that duty.

That means that even if a homeowner breaches the bylaw, they’re not responsible for damages resulting from injuries incurred unless an exception relating to a property owner exercising control over the property or creating a hazard on the sidewalk applies.

If you fail to keep the sidewalk clear of snow and ice, you may receive a warning from the municipality directing you to clear the sidewalk within a certain period of time. If you fail to heed the warning, the municipality may have the snow and ice removed at your expense.

An individual who suffers a slip and fall accident may miss work as a result of injuries sustained and can potentially make a claim for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical rehabilitation. To make a successful claim against a municipality, you must provide written notice to the municipality within 10 days of the incident.

If you’ve suffered injuries or losses as the result of a slip and fall accident, contact Kelly Greenway Bruce immediately in order to protect your right to sue.

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The above information is of a general nature and is not intended to provide legal opinions. Readers should seek professional legal advice on the particular issues which concern them. We would be pleased to elaborate on any information contained above and how it may apply to your specific circumstances.

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