The Municipality of Kincardine is committed to public safety at all times, including in the event of severe weather. 

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 Significant Weather Event

As per Regulation 239/02 of the Municipal Act 2001, an Ontario municipality may declare a significant weather event when a weather hazard is approaching or occurring and has the potential to pose a significant danger to users of the highways over which they have authority.

This declaration suspends the standard timelines required for municipalities to meet their winter maintenance objectives until the municipality declares the significant weather event has ended. 

In each case, during the course of a declared significant weather event, the standard for addressing winter maintenance is to monitor the weather and to deploy resources to address the issue starting from the time that the municipality deems it appropriate to do so. When the municipality has declared the event has ended, the standard timelines for winter maintenance activities will begin.

The Municipality may declare a significant weather event when the weather forecast or actual weather conditions include one or more of the following conditions:


  • Significant snow accumulation during a 24 hour period;
  • Ice formation that occues with no warning from the weather forecast;
  • High winds leading to large snow drifts; and/or
  • Cold temperatures in which de-icing operations would not be effective.


Declaration of a Significant Weather Event is to notify the public that caution is to be observed when travelling on local roads and that it may take longer than usual to maintain roads.

 Winter Road Safety
  • Don't Text and Drive! Distracted driving is a serious safety issue that has claimed lives. Every driver has a responsibility to focus on the road, traffic, and driving conditions. Pull over to communicate and don't put yourself and others at risk. Texting and driving is against the law.
  • Deciding to pass is a serious decision. Use your turn signals, consider conditions and obstacles, and look for approaching vehicles and vehicles passing from behind. Pavement lines are simply a guide and could be snow-covered. When there is ice and snow, take it slow.  
  • Don't veer for deer or other animals. Brake firmly but stay in your lane. Collisions occur when a driver swerves and loses control. Be on the lookout, prepare for the unexpected, and slow down in areas marked with animal activity signs. 
  • Avoid collisions by removing all snow and ice from your roof and windows, ensure windshield wipers are in working order, turn taillights on, reduce speed, leave extra space, avoid sudden braking and accelerating. Slippery conditions require caution. See and be seen! 
  • When there’s ice and snow, be patient and take it slow. Snow plow equipment travels at 25km/hr to 60km/hr working to keep roads safe. Passing a snow plow is never encouraged. If you pass, ensure adequate distance, road conditions, and space to return. 
  • Protect emergency services personnel responding to incidents on the roadside. Slow down and proceed with caution when an emergency vehicle or towtruck is roadside with lights activated. Obey the law, move over, and stay safe! Offenders may get fines or demerit points. 
  • Prepare for quickly changing conditions by having working winter tires, windshield wipers, and washer fluid. Stock your vehicle Emergency kit with a shovel, blanket, booster cables, flashlight, and more. Check road conditions and give yourself extra travel time. 
  • Police close roads for safety. Do not drive on closed roads. In a whiteout, don’t stop on the roadway. Find a driveway or parking lot to pull into. Vehicles parked or abandoned on roadways can be towed and fined. For winter road conditions, call 1-866-266-7569.
  • Slow-moving horse-drawn vehicles are common in our area. When passing from behind or the opposite direction, slow down and create as much distance as possible. Don’t use your horn or pass too closely. This may dangerously startle the horse. Expect the unexpected! 
  • To drive or not to drive in wintery weather is a big decision. Ask yourself do you really need to travel, is it safe, and is it worth the risk? It’s OK to stay where you are. Abandoned vehicles could be towed and fined. For road conditions, call 1-866-266-7569.
 Helpful Resources
Emergency Kits
Be Prepared Grey Bruce
Ontario Government – Be Prepared
Emergency Preparedness Guide
Floods – What to Do
Severe Storms - What to Do
Power Outages – What to Do
Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals
Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities/Special Needs
Pocket Guide to Emergencies
Lightning Safety at large outdoor venues