Do you know a Snow Angel? Please report them!

What a winter! 

It started out with an unusual October snowstorm, then settled into unusual mildness that lasted almost until the New Year. Of course, winter is inevitable and the mildness was balanced out significantly with the second snowstorm of the season on December 29th. 

We haven't had the usual small accumulations of snow this year. The snow fall has very much been feast or famine. Of course, the "feast" times have meant significant challenges for some residents to keep up with snow removal and clearing so they can maintain their routines safely.

Stories of residents helping residents have been spreading around Ottawa and it's wonderful to hear. The City of Ottawa calls these people Snow Angels. A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend who has volunteered to help an elderly or disabled person by clearing snow from a driveway, steps, or walkway. 

Report a Snow Angel today

If you know someone you think deserves to be called a Snow Angel, let us know - the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!

Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo. 

To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, plese give the City the name and address of the nominee, as well as other details about who they are helping and how. Send your nomination to:

  • Email: communitypride@ottawa.ca
  • Mail: Attention: Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa,100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention: Snow Angel Program

Be sure to include your contact information so that staff can confirm details of your nomination. You can learn more about the Snow Angel Recognition Program and other winter weather assistance programs by visiting the City of Ottawa website.

SnowGo, SnowGo Assist and Snow Angel nominations!

The Snow Go program helps seniors and people with disabilities find a reputable and reliable individual or contractor to clear snow from their private driveway and walkway.  The City of Ottawa partners with the Senior Citizens Council and local home support agencies to deliver this winter program.

Eligible low income seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply for the Snow Go Assist Program and receive financial assistance for snow clearing.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the cost of snow clearing, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Low income is defined as an annual income of below $25,000 for a single individual and below $32,000 for a household (two or more persons).  An Older Adult is considered any person over the age of 60 years.

NEW: Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition? A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway.

If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!  Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo. To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please send the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how), by contacting communitypride@ottawa.ca or calling 613-580-2424 x13363.

For more information about these programs, please visit ottawa.ca/snowgo or call 3-1-1 (613-580-2400).