On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (and report submitted to committee) which sets out strategies and outcomes to address the root causes of crime, social disorder and ill health and improve the safety and well-being of everyone in Ottawa.
The plan addresses local risks to safety and well-being at the community level in six priority areas: simplifying and integrating systems, and strategies to address discrimination, marginalization and racism, financial security and poverty reduction, housing, mental well-being, and gender-based violence and violence against women. The plan’s proposed actions would require collaboration with governments, institutions, groups, and agencies who are working together to mitigate those risks.
To ensure the proposed plan reflects the needs of all Ottawa residents, it was developed based on the feedback collected during extensive consultation with residents and community stakeholders in 2020 and 2021. The plan complements City work underway that addresses the priorities, including the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Anti-Racism Secretariat and the Women and Gender Equity Strategy.
The City would leverage existing Council-approved strategies and investments of $34 million to address community safety and well-being. The plan is grounded in community engagement and next steps will include developing a governance framework, a financial strategy and a data strategy. This will allow for an intersectional evaluation and performance measurement framework that will provide a nuanced view of how effective programs are for various communities.
Recommendations from the meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, October 27.
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