The feedback received to date demonstrates the complexity and connection between issues and confirms that community safety and well-being are shared responsibilities among all members of the community and require an integrated approach among partners to tackle root causes and to address collective goals.
During this consultation period, we have heard themes about racism and discrimination, housing, poverty, mental health, access to services and inequity within systems. These are just a sampling of the important and interconnected issues that were discussed by the community. In the last few weeks, considerable feedback was received to focus on anti-black racism, the relationship with the police and the policing model and an investment in social services to address root cause issues. This feedback has been incorporated into the analysis and reinforces the themes we have been hearing throughout our consultations. The “What We Heard” report will be made available upon completion of the analysis and anticipate the release mid-summer. The ideas from the community and stakeholder consultations, along with other data sources, will be analyzed to generate the CSWB Plan’s priorities.
Additional opportunities for engagement and community input will be available. We will be engaging with residents and stakeholders about strategic objectives, strategies and actions to take to address the priorities for the plan. It is anticipated that these consultations will commence in late Fall 2020 or early in 2021. Residents can sign up online for the e-newsletter to stay informed. These engagement opportunities will be promoted through a variety of channels (including social media, newsletters, partner distribution lists and more).
The CSWB Team will report to the Community and Protective Services Committee and Council in the fall with an update on the CSWB Plan development, including the revision in legislative timelines, recommendations for the CSWB priorities and a proposed approach for moving forward into 2021 to finalize the plan.
Following this first report, the next public and stakeholder consultation period will focus on setting strategic objectives for each priority and developing strategies to address the Council approved CSWB Plan’s priorities. Once this consultation period concludes, CSWB Team staff will work closely with partners to determine roles going forward, develop a process for the ongoing implementation and evaluation of the CSWB Plan and establish a schedule for future reporting to Council on progress of the CSWB Plan’s action items. A second report to Committee and Council is therefore anticipated prior to the revised Provincial deadline and will present the recommended CSWB Plan for consideration and approval.