Municipal service level adjustments in response to impending winter storm 

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Municipal service level adjustments in response to impending winter storm

The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following municipal program and service level adjustments in response to the impending winter storm.

Solid Waste

Curbside collection of garbage, organics and recyclables regularly scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9 is cancelled. Please do not place these materials curbside.

For residents who would have regular collection on Thursday, Dec. 9, curbside collection services will be provided on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The Household Special Waste Depot at 20 Horseshoe Lake Drive will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 11 but will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The Rural Refuse Depot located at 21611 Highway #7 in Sheet Harbour will also be closed on Thursday, Dec. 9.

For more information, call 311 or visit

Parks and Recreation

Many recreation centres will delay opening on Thursday, Dec. 9. A decision will be made at 8 a.m. (with potential re-opening at 10 a.m.) regarding status of facilities, rentals, and programming. Please call your individual recreation centre for further information.

Registration for the municipality’s aquatics and skating winter programs has been delayed until Thursday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

The Halifax Public Gardens will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 9.

Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit bus and ferry services are continuing as usual. Please monitor @hfxtransit or visit for the latest information regarding service levels.


The​ municipal overnight winter parking ban​ is in effect​ annually from Dec. 15 to Mar. 31. The​ ban is enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. during declared weather events and snow removal operations only.

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

Support for those experiencing homelessness

The municipality is collaborating with the Province of Nova Scotia, professional service providers and community-based agencies to provide temporary emergency shelters, to occupants of homeless encampments in the region.

An emergency shelter will be open this evening, Wednesday Dec, 8 beginning at 9 p.m. It will remain open until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 9. Those at the shelter will be provided comfort kits, a meal, and provisions to shower in the facility.

At 8 a.m. tomorrow, individuals from the emergency shelter will be offered transportation, via Halifax Transit, to a comfort centre that will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ground Search & Rescue will be visiting all locations where the municipality is aware of occupants of homeless encampments, to offer transportation to these facilities.

For more information visit

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