On behalf of the City of Ottawa, The Good Companions – Community Support Services oversees a matching service for seniors and people with physical disabilities looking to hire an independent contractor to clear snow and ice from private driveways and walkways. We match clients with independent contractors who are then hired by the client. Clients have the responsibility to assign safe tasks, provide a safe working environment, and to pay the Worker directly for all services. The scope of work, equipment to be used and cost is determined by the independent worker and the client. Important note: Please check your home insurance policy for adequate liability coverage while a Worker is on your premises.
Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter?
The City of Ottawa’s Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. The two programs are as follows:
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 an excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible for 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.
Check the City of Ottawa Snow Go Map to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.
Are You Eligible?
Services are available to seniors 55+ and adults with physical disabilities who live north of the Queensway between Preston Street and Blair Road. Please call Brenda at 613-236-0428 ext 2250 for more information.
If you live outside of this area, please check online at ocsc.ca to find the agency that can help you in your home.
Please note: Services are provided with or without membership in The Good Companions.
All new clients must undergo a telephone assessment prior to receiving services in their home. Please call 613-236-0428 for more information.
For more details and eligibility criteria, see the City of Ottawa web site: http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/social-services/seniors/get-help-clearing-snow
Interested in Helping?
If you are interested in becoming a Snow-Go Independent Contractor, please contact 613-236-0428, extension 2250.