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Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
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About the Project

Niagara Region, in collaboration with many partners, is developing a plan to impact the safety and well-being of the community.

Community Safety and Well-Being plans support safe and healthy communities through a community-based approach to address root causes of social issues.

The goal of the plan is to create a community where everyone:

  • Is safe
  • Has a sense of belonging
  • Has access to services
  • Is able to meet their needs (either individually or as a family) for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression

Benefits

The Community Safety and Well-Being Plan has a range of benefits for local agencies, organizations, frontline service providers and residents, including:

  • Enhanced communication and collaboration among agencies and organizations
  • Increased understanding of local risks and vulnerable groups
  • Ensuring services are provided to individuals with complex needs
  • Increased awareness, coordination and access to services for community members and vulnerable groups

Making our Communities Safer

As of Jan. 1, 2019, the Police Services Act requires municipalities to develop and adopt community safety and well-being plans working in partnership with a multi-sectoral advisory committee. The committee must include representation from the police service board and other local service providers (health, education, social services, children's services).

Our Community Safety and Well-Being Plan also aligns with Council Strategic Priority Two: Healthy and Vibrant Community. The goal of this priority is to foster a high quality of life through safe, healthy and inclusive neighbourhoods.

Community Input

Engaging the community throughout the planning process is a critical piece to developing Niagara's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

We are currently collaborating with residents, individuals with lived experience accessing social and health services, business owners, educational institutions, service providers and service planning tables to make sure we have diverse perspectives and experiences from across Niagara.

Project Timeline

october 2019 - Completed
CAO/Mayor information sharing session

november 2019 - Completed
Established an Advisory Committee to lead the plan

february - april 2020
Community engagement and data assessment

September 2020
Draft key community safety and well-being priorities and strategies

november 2020
Final Community Safety and Well-Being Plan report to Public Health and Social Services Committee

 

Contact

Michelle Johnston
Project Manager
905-980-6000 ext. 3812
Email Michelle Johnston

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