East Gwillimbury Council has approved a Snow Removal Financial Assistance Pilot program to help seniors and residents with disabilities cover snow removal costs during winter. Eligible residents who hire a service provider to remove snow from their driveways and/or walkways over the 2023 to 2024 winter season will be eligible for a $150 financial grant. 150 grants will be available for this pilot program.

The pilot program will begin on December 1, 2023, and applications close on April 15, 2024.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for the program, the applicant must meet the following:

  • Be 65 years of age or older at the date of application or be an applicant with a permanent physical disability.
  • The owner or primary renter must occupy the property on which the application is made.
  • Not have claimed a credit on any other property for the same winter season.
  • Not live in a condominium dwelling whereby all snow removal is the direct responsibility of the condominium corporation.
  • Only one application per municipal address will be approved.
  • Only 150 grants are available for the 2023/2024 winter season.

How to apply?

Applications will be accepted in-person at the Civic Centre (19000 Leslie St.) or East Gwillimbury Sports Complex (1914B Mount Albert Rd.) from December 1 to April 15, 2024 during regular facility hours.

Applicants are required to bring the following documentation with them when applying:

  • Print and complete the application form.
  • Proof of age (65 years and older) such as a birth certificate, driver's licence or passport
  • Proof of disability (for residents 64 years and younger) such as a provincial disability permit or a note from a doctor (on doctor letterhead).
  • Proof of payment to a service provider for all of or part of this winter season.
  • Proof of residence using a property tax roll number or utility (water) bill.

Download the application 

If you are unable to print the document at home, please bring all the required identification and proof of disability (if under 64 years of age) with you, and a Customer Service representative will assist you with completing the form. Printed copies of the application form are available at the Civic Centre, Sports Complex, and both library branches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program?
Qualifying homeowners or primary renters who are seniors and/or people with physical disabilities can apply for the Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program to help with costs of hiring a service provider to remove snow from their driveways, windrow and/or walkways that best meet their individual needs.
What is a windrow?
A windrow is the snow left at the end of your driveway after a snowplow has cleared a road.
Is there a deadline to apply for the program?
Applications received after April 15, 2024 may not be considered.
What is the maximum grant an applicant can receive?
The first 150 qualifying applicants will receive a grant of $150.
When will I receive my $150 grant?
Qualifying applicants will be issued a cheque by mail following the review and processing of their application. Payment should be expected within four to six weeks.
How many grants are available for this pilot program?
The program is limited to 150 qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis.
My snow clearing service provider requires advanced payment. When is the earliest I can submit my reimbursement form?
Once you have hired and paid for a snow-clearing service provider, you may submit your application with proof immediately. Applications received after April 15, 2024, may not be accepted.
What will the Town accept as proof of snow clearing service?
A printed receipt or proof of payment from the service provider with your home address is required.
Who can I hire to clear snow from my driveway and/or walkway?
You may hire any private contractor that best meets your needs.
Who do I contact for inquiries regarding the Snow Removal Financial Assistance Program?
If you have questions regarding this program, please visit Customer Service in-person at the Civic Centre or Sports Complex during regular facility hours, call 905-478-4282 or email customerservice@eastgwillimbury.ca