With the arrival of ice and snow, Ottawa winters can be a challenging time for seniors and people with limited mobility. The City of Ottawa funds two programs, Snow Go and Snow Go Assist, which help seniors and people with disabilities with their snow removal.
The Snow Go program vets snow removal workers and matches them with seniors and people with disabilities to get their snow cleared. Residents pay the workers directly for their services.
The Snow Go Assist program goes one step further and helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities with the cost of their snow removal.
To be eligible for the Snow Go Assist program funding, applicants must:
1. Be a senior at least 60 years old or a person with a disability
2. Have a low-income and show proof: Annual income below $31,500 if single and below $39,200 for a household of two persons or more
Eligible residents may be reimbursed up to 50 per cent of snow removal costs to a seasonal maximum.
The Snow Go Assist program is on a first come first served basis. Agencies may limit funds if demand is high.
The City partners with nine community agencies to run these two programs. To apply, contact the partnering local agency in your area. For a list of these agencies, visit www.ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1.