Calgary issues call out for area kids to name the city’s snowplows

A decal on a City of Calgary snowplow, pictured on Nov. 3, 2021, that will be replaced with its name, once the city's "name a snowplow" contest concludes on Nov. 30, 2021. Global News

The City of Calgary is looking to children in the city to help name its snowplows.

“We just encourage people to be creative,” city spokesperson Chris McGeachy said Wednesday.

“Have a discussion with your teacher, your classmates, your parents about winter safety in Calgary and then help us name the snowplows.”

Contest entries and colouring sheets can be found on, which also features info about the city’s snow-clearing plan and fleet.

The best names will be used to name some of the city’s 18 trucks with front-mounted plows and 74 mid-mounted plows.

“We have 30 plows that we can name and we encourage people to submit as many names as they’d like,” McGeachy said. “We’ll go through the names and pick the best of the lot.”

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A pair of City of Calgary snowplows that could be named by children in the city, pictured on Nov. 3, 2021. Global News

The contest is open to children from kindergarten to Grade 9 and closes on Nov. 30.

Plows will get decals on their doors with their names and the city’s road conditions map online will show where in the city those plows will be during snow clearing efforts. The plows will wear those names for the upcoming winter.

McGeachy said the idea came from other jurisdictions, including Scotland’s Ministry of Transportation and the Department of Transportation in Minnesota.

“It always seemed like a fun thing and we think it’s gonna be a good way to get some positive messaging out about our snow program.”

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