Storm impact on municipal services

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Storm impact on municipal services

 The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents of the following updates and impacts to municipal services as a result of the weather event:

UPDATE: Due to the weather and road conditions, openings will continue to be delayed at many municipal recreation facilities.​ A decision will be made at 10 a.m., with potential re-opening at 12 p.m., regarding whether rentals, facilities, and programming activities will continue as scheduled. Please call your local Recreation Centre for further information. ​​

Update on snow clearing operations

Operations are active in all areas applying de-icing materials to streets. Surfaces are snow covered and winter conditions, including strong winds, are present. For further information and updates, visit

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Impact of COVID-19 on municipal service standards

Due to resourcing challenges as a result of the impacts of COVID-19, including employee exposures and provincially mandated self-isolation and testing requirements, service standards are expected to be impacted. This includes Halifax Transit, solid waste collection, some recreation centres and other municipal operations. For the most up-to-date information on municipal impacts as a result of COVID-19, visit​

Halifax Transit

Halifax Transit bus, Access-A-Bus and ferry service will delay resuming service until noon today. For the most up-to-date information on service disruptions, residents can visit or follow @hfxtransit and @hfxtransitalert on Twitter.

Parks & Recreation

Many municipal recreation facilities will delay opening today. A decision will be made at 8 a.m., with potential re-opening at 10 a.m., regarding whether rentals, facilities, and programming activities will continue as scheduled. Please call your local recreation centre for further information.

Overnight winter parking ban

Residents are reminded that the overnight winter parking ban is in effect annually from December 15 though March 31. When activated during declared weather events and snow removal operations, the ban is enforced from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Vehicles must be off municipal streets during the hours noted above. Given current public health directives, residents are also reminded that even if isolating, they are responsible to make arrangements to move their vehicle(s) off municipal streets to allow for snow removal.

This winter season, the municipality is implementing two zones for the overnight parking ban:​ Zone 1 – Central​ and​ Zone 2 – Non-Central:

  • Zone 1 – Central​ refers to the Halifax Peninsula and downtown Dartmouth within Highway 111 (the Circumferential Highway) and some surrounding areas
  • Zone 2 – Non-Central​ is a designated area outside of​ Zone 1 – Central

The change to two zones will improve service delivery by leveraging overnight winter parking bans that can accommodate more targeted snow removal. Residents are able to determine what zone they’re in by searching their address using the interactive tool available​ here.​

Overnight winter parking bans are communicated via public service announcements,​ hfxALERT,​​ and​ @hfxgov​ on Twitter. Residents who are signed up for hfxALERT will continue to receive notifications for all overnight winter parking ban scenarios.​

Note: 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.

Support for those experiencing homelessness

The municipality is supporting the Province of Nova Scotia to provide temporary emergency shelter to occupants of homeless encampments in the region.

An emergency shelter was open last night and will remain open overnight tonight. Those at the shelter will be provided with comfort kits and food.

St. Matthew’s Church will continue to operate as a warming centre​ during daytime hours until Monday. ​

Stay informed

Residents are urged to sign-up for hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system. Subscribers will receive alerts by phone, email or text. Sign up at

Residents can also call 311 for updated information on municipal services, or to report issues such as flooding, downed trees or blocked roadways. For emergencies, residents should call 911.

Residents are encouraged to visit or follow @hfxgov on Twitter for updates and information during a weather event

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