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The Uber of Snow Removal is Launching in Canada (Obviously)

The only silver lining in not being able to afford a house is the fact that you don’t have to shovel snow from twenty stories above in your condo building.

You only need to worry about what footwear makes the most sense.

Shovelling snow can be a real pain in the ass (and back, and arms, and…), especially in one of those Great Canadian winters that dumps snow on our cities like it’s going out of style. Which is why it was bound to happen at some point: there is now an Uber of snow removal – at least, on the east coast.

New Brunswick’s Sean Griffith is about to launch a new on-demand snow removal service to give the bodies of Atlantic Canada residents a break this winter. Plow Me Out will launch its snow removal services in the coming weeks in Moncton and Saint John, N.B., and Halifax. Shortly after, it will roll out in Fredericton, Truro, N.S., Charlottetown, and St. John’s, N.L.

The service comes after last year’s brutal winter for the Maritimes, which saw record-breaking amounts of snow (and a lot more time spent shoveling).

Of course, snow removal services are nothing new. The problem with many services, however, is the fact that you’re required to commit to a yearly contract. Whether it snows weekly, or twice the entire season, the amount you pay remains the same. It’s not always easy to find someone who will shovel your snow on a one-off basis, especially once the high school kids head back to school after winter vacation.

Plow Me Out, on the other hand, is as simple as Uber.

You create an account on the website or through the Plow Me Out app, answer a few questions about your driveway, and you’ll get a quote. Once you request the snow removal, a notification will be sent to the snow contractors in the area. Customers will be able to pay online, so there’s no need for a parka-clad walk to the bank machine for cash.

The request can also be made from anywhere, so you can make the request at the airport on the way home from your sunny vacation.

According to the Canadian Press, Griffith says that plow operators are receptive to the idea because it produces new business and makes requesting a plow more accessible.

Griffith, who co-founded the business with Joe Simms of Halifax, said he eventually hopes to expand his business countrywide.

With the snowstorm season apparently starting tonight for Toronto, they may want to get on that soon. In the meantime (i.e for tomorrow morning) there’s a similar option for Torontonians: The Eden App.

You’re welcome.


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