Severe weather

Given the geography and high elevation, the Burnaby campus is more susceptible to snow and severe weather that can affect campus operations. The Vancouver and Surrey campuses may also experience severe weather but are not as susceptible to operational disruptions as the Burnaby campus.


Know before you go

Before you head out to the Burnaby, Vancouver, or Surrey campuses, get the latest information regarding campus conditions and class statuses:

Snow closures at SFU

In the event of severe weather, the University will rely on reports from Environment Canada, TransLink and observed conditions at each campus to determine if it is safe for the normal operation of university services. Decisions related to class cancellations and campus closures are made by the SFU President as per GP 04 Unscheduled Cancellations of Classes.

Should campus closure be deemed appropriate, communications will be sent to the SFU community through appropriate SFU Alerts channels. Be sure to download the SFU snap app on your mobile device and enable push notifications.

For the most current updates on class and campus status updates follow and @SFU on Twitter. Should extreme weather be forecasted, updates will be provided on these channels by 6:00 am.

  • Follow and @SFU on Twitter for updates. Visit the SFU Road Report for the status of road conditions.
  • Delay your commute and wait in a warm place on campus until conditions improve and crews prepare roads for safe travel.
  • Follow directions from traffic control staff that may be assisting with the controlled release of traffic from the parking lots and roadways.
  • Follow @SFU on Twitter for information on available amenities including food, drink, and indoor accommodation during closures. Should conditions dictate that individuals will need to remain on campus overnight, essential functions such as dining services will be available.
  • Should you be stranded at Vancouver or Surrey campuses, visit the Campus Security kiosks to access warming shelter locations until transportation services resume operation.

If you have physical accessability concerns, be familiar with the priority ramp routes. See map of priority ramp routes during a severe weather event.

Winter tips - get prepared

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Winterize your vehicle and review winter driving tips and resources
  • Drive safely
    1. Stay Alert: Be aware of our surroundings
    2. Slow Down: Especially before corners. Don't tailgate
    3. Stay in Control: Turn off cruise control and be sensitive to how your car moves in different road conditions
  • Choose main access paths when walking on campus and use indoor travel routes as much as possible
  • Build emergency kits for your home, office, and car
  • Make back-up plans and emergency plans for childcare, elder care, and pet care


HR guidelines

In the event that severe weather affects campus operations, follow the Human Resources guidelines for SFU staff.