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Useful Resources

  1. Snow Removal
  • As tenants or property owners, you must follow snow shoveling policies and bylaws. These policies are different by city in Alberta.
  • Generally, homeowners or tenants must remove snow from sidewalks 1 or 2 days after it snows. Failure to do so could result in a fine.
  • Policies for Homeowners/Tenants in Alberta (By location) 


  1. Winter Weather in Alberta:


  1. Winter Clothing in Alberta
  • Dressing in Layers
    • Long underwear, legging, or pull-over – Fits tight to your body
    • Thick socks – Wear under your boots to keep your toes warm
    • Insulator, such as a “puffy” jacket or snow pants – Filled with real or synthetic materials to keep you warm for outdoor activities in the winter.
    • Shell – A wind-proof and water-proof coat, usually with a hood.
    • Toque – Heat escapes quickest through your head so make sure to cover up your head in a toque.
    • Earmuffs – Covers your ears for warmth.
    • Scarf – Warm and thick scarf makes a difference, especially on windy days.
    • Gloves or mittens – Keeps your fingers warm.
    • Waterproof and slip-resistant winter boots – Keeps your feet dry and keeps you from slipping on ice.

* Winter Clothing Checklist 

  1. Transportation in Winter

Vocabulary List

Black ice – A thin layer of clear ice on roads that is considered dangerous because it is often very hard to see and can be slippery.

Block heater – A device used in the engine of a vehicle during cold weather to prevent the engine from freezing.

Celsius – The scale of temperature in which water freezes at 0 degrees and boils at 100 degrees. The symbol for Celsius is “°C”

Destination – The place that someone is going to, the end point of a journey.

Emergency kit – A set of supplies kept in a vehicle for emergency, such as jumper cables, blankets, flash lights, and warm clothes.

Engine – The “heart” of a vehicle that changes gas into force that turns the wheels.

Frostbite – Injury caused by freezing of skin in extreme cold temperatures, usually affects the fingers, toes, nose, ears, and cheeks.

Hypothermia – When your body loses heat too fast causing dangerously low body temperature.

Jumper cables – Electric cables used to start a car when the engine is dead. Use jumper cables to connect the dead battery of a car to the battery of another car.

Layers – Multiple pieces of clothing worn on top of one and another to keep warm.

Plug in your car – Plugging in your car using the block heater makes your engine run more smoothly in extremely cold days.

Route – The path you take to get from a starting point to a destination.

Shovel – A tool used for removing snow from the ground.

Sledding – A winter activity of sliding downhill over snow on a sled.

Slippery – A surface that is difficult to stand or walk on because it is wet or smooth.

Snow pants – Waterproof pants often worn over indoor clothes, for outdoor winter activities.

Temperature – A measure of how hot or cold something is.

Toque – A winter hat to keep your head warm.

Winterize – To prepare a house or car for use in cold weather.

Winter activities – Fun activities that are played on snow or ice during winter months.

Winter tires – Tires designed for use on ice and snow at temperatures below 7 °C.


Knowledge Check

1. In Alberta, how much time does a tenant/homeowner have after a snowfall to clear the snow from their sidewalk?
2. Which of the following items are suitable for winter weather?
3. Which of the following statement is correct about day time temperatures during winter in Alberta?
4. What is an important step to winterize your vehicle?
5. During winter, roads and sidewalks may be covered in black ice. This means you:

Acknowledgements and References

Acknowledgements of Actors: 

Ali A., Baran F., Kanako H.E., Akram Z.

Special thanks to Elisa, Justin and the team at Maple Leaf Academy for assistance in content development.