The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per Term.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be;
- Either a senior or a person with a disability. A senior is considered any person over the age of 60 years. For persons with a disability, participants must be physically unable to clear snow from their private driveway and/or walkway due to their own disability.
- Must demonstrate they qualify as low income. Low income is defined as an annual income of below $31,500 for a single individual and below $39,200 for a household (two or more persons).
More information on eligibility criteria is available from the Community Support Agencies.
To Apply for the Snow Go or Snow Go Assist programs, interested individuals need to contact the community support agency in their neighborhood (for a list of the agencies, visit Get Help Clearing Snow)
This is not a call-up service. The
application process for the Snow Go Program takes approximately 2 days and for
the Snow Go Assist funding approximately 2 weeks.
These programs only cover snow removal from private walkways and driveways. For more information on snow removal from house roofs, please consult the Yellow Pages.
Businesses are not eligible to participate in these programs.
If the caller is expressing concern over the quality or frequency of snow clearing on city roadways or sidewalks, DO NOT direct these calls to the Snow Go and Snow Go Assist Programs. Answer questions as per Maintenance Quality Standards or, if necessary, direct calls to the appropriate Public Works yard.
For more information on the programs visit ottawa.ca/snowgo.