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Winter Maintenance School

Learn all there is to know about maintaining a winter road.

In the winter, one road can experience a multitude of driving conditions all at the same time.  There could be whiteout conditions in one area, while another is clear but icy, and a third portion could be drifting over.  It is vital that supervisors and patrollers know what impact the weather has on their roads at all times.  Just because the sun is shining does not mean the salters/sanders should not be out.  And in today’s ecologically sensitive environment, how much salt and/or sand should be laid down is another key aspect that must be fully understood.

There are a whole host of topics associated with winter maintenance that must be fully understood in order to provide safe and efficient service – without comprehensive training, supervisors’ and patrollers’ knowledge and abilities will be severely limited, thereby negating any positive impact they were meant to provide.

If you are an experienced winter road maintenance supervisor, you know that snow/ice control involves much more than plowing and applying salt/sand.  As the knowledgeable ‘go to’ person your operators expect guidance about all staffing, equipment and material decisions required to meet Municipal and Provincial standards. This course is for you!

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Join us for this LIVE Training Program and get ready for winter!

Who Is This For?

This 2-day, informational, discussion-based training session has been designed for Supervisors, Senior Operators, Area Maintenance Contractors and Fleet Managers. If Winter Maintenance is new to you or if you are highly experienced you will find value in this course.


Winter Maintenance School

You’ll Learn…

  • Level of Service
  • Minimum Maintenance Standards- What’s new in 2021?
  • Direct Liquid Application
  • Abrasives, Prewet, Brine
  • Winter Weather & Road Weather Interpretation
  • Patrolling (Winter)
  • Sidewalk Plowing
  • Pre & Post Season Preparation
  • Advances in WM Technology
  • Managing Blowing Snow
  • Using Equipment to Plow
  • Snow & Ice Control on Gravel Roads

“The instructor’s knowledge was vast and the group discussion was good. The student reference book had good information as well. Learned a lot about log books and the importance of paperwork!”

Township of Blandford-Blenheim, ON

“I gained a lot of useful information as I am new to the roads department in my city. It was also very beneficial chatting with some of the guys and to see how bigger areas take care of the roads. Picked up a lot of tips for winter road maintenance and the course answered a lot of questions for me.”

City of Kenora, ON

“Good course—I learned a lot from it. The instructor knew what he was talking about and did a good job delivering it—had a sense of humour.”

Township of Drummond/North Elmsley, ON

“This was my first time taking the course and I feel the combination of material focusing on supervisors/management and employees was great for all persons attending. This course provided a lot of useful material that can easily be applied and it certainly helps for everyone in the chain of command to understand each other’s jobs and responsibilities. Thank you!”

Town of Gander, NL

“This was a good course with a lot of information. Having only been on the job for one winter, there was a good mix of review and new content I was unaware of. Overall thanks for the time and the experience that was provided.”

Township of North Dumfries, ON

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