Is a municipality obligated to ensure the safety of the public from the hazards of snow and ice?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Vargas v. Hamilton (City), 2020 ONSC 38 (CanLII):

The case law is clear that a municipality does not ensure the safety of the public from the hazards of snow and ice. As noted by this court in Theiventhirampillai v. Balakrishnan, 2012 ONSC 215 at para. 22, although users of a sidewalk are entitled to have those sidewalks kept in a reasonable state of repair, perfection is not the standard. There was no special danger at the site of the incident which might have required specific attention.

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