Windrow Clearing Program

How the Program Works

The Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program is a citywide program to help clear windrows left at the end of residential driveways after a snowplow has cleared the road. Older adults (65 years and over) and people with disabilities who are unable to move the driveway snow windrow are eligible to apply.

Participants will receive windrow clearing services from November 1st to April 15th. This windrow clearing service is provided by secondary plow equipment that comes by later in the day or into the next day after a snowfall event where graders and loaders are dispatched for snow clearing operations.  Windrow clearing will not be carried out when only plow trucks are dispatched to clear streets of light snowfalls. Participants can expect that windrows will be cleared within 48 hours after a snowfall event requiring a full plow response. Please allow up to 48 hours after it stops snowing for service.

Any residents requiring a greater or quicker level of service than provided by this program can reach out to a friend, neighbour, or snow removal contractor for assistance.


The program is open to residents of Fernie who are:

  • 65 years of age or older (in the current year)
  • people with disabilities, as verified by a regulated health professional*

 Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • the applicant must reside at the property as their principal residence for the duration of the winter season for which the application is made
  • there are no able-bodied persons living at the same residence where service is requested, including secondary suites or dwelling units
  • the applicant does not live in a multi-unit building, condominium, or commercial property strata
  • the driveway must front a City of Fernie road that receives snow removal service from the city
  • only one person per address may participate in the program

 Applicants are required to submit the following documentation when applying:

How to Apply

Applications with supporting documents will be accepted in person or by mail from October 15th to December 15th each year. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, or downloaded here: Windrow Clearing Assistance Program Application Form

By Mail: mail your application with copy of supporting documents to:                                        City of Fernie, PO Box 190, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0

In Person: Bring your application and supporting documents to City Hall:                                 City Hall, 501 – 3rd Avenue, Fernie, BC                                                                                 Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm 

All participants must renew their applications yearly. Applicants with permanent disabilities who previously participated in the program are not required to re-submit supporting documents.

More Information

Learn more about the City of Fernie Snow Clearing Windrow Policy or Snow and Ice Control Policy If you require assistance with your application, please contact City Hall at 250-423-6817.