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News release: January 7, 2022

Avoid short term damages from excessive salt use

BRAMPTON, ON (January 7, 2022) – It's that time of year when we apply salt to make winter driving and walking easier; however too much salt doesn't make it any safer. Using salt on roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways has a big impact when snow and ice melt. It can damage infrastructure, wildlife, and personal belongings. This includes cracks and salt stains on concrete surfaces, such as buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and pathways. A lot of salt use can also damage floors and carpets and your personal items such as the undercoating of cars, shoes, and clothing. Apart from stationary objects, your pets and other wildlife can also suffer from oversalting. It can harm pets' paws when going out for walks and it can even be mistaken for food for pets and birds, resulting in a choking hazard.

What the Region is doing

Since 2005, the Region of Peel Road Operations has been using a salt management plan to better control and manage the amount of salt applied to roadways, despite an increase in the total amount of road kilometres it services. The Region and its local municipal partners (Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon) are working together to use salt more wisely at Regional and Municipal facility parking lots and on walkways.

The Region is also offering online tools and resources for the public to be more engaged in the consequences regarding oversalting. This includes a tool kit that highlights a number of resources to combat excessive salt use while still maintaining safety in the winter months:

What you can do

You can apply the same tools at your home as our facility managers use. Here are some suggestions:

Remember, salt doesn't need to be seen to be working. This winter, try and be a little #LessSalty

To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter @RegionofPeel, #LessSalty

Media contact

Enete Erediauwa
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel

About Peel's transition

The Ontario government announced the dissolution of Peel Region and the establishment of a Transition Board (TB) as part of Bill 112. The Transition Board was appointed to provide recommendations to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a range of restructuring matters related to the dissolution of Peel Region to make Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon independent municipalities by January 1, 2025.

To learn about the Transition Board, how it will make these recommendations, and to provide feedback to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, visit Ontario's Peel Region Transition Board website.

During our transition, Peel remains committed to providing services to residents and businesses. For information about our transition, visit Peel's transition website.

About Peel Region

Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram