Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

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Everyone has a role to play in safety and well-being, and the City of Ottawa is seeking your feedback as we develop Ottawa’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan, which is required under the Province’s Safer Ontario Act, 2018, will outline strategies and actions to improve safety and well-being for everyone in Ottawa. We have been listening to the community on the best ways for residents, organizations and government to work together to address well-being and safety issues in our communities.

Your voice matters! We’ve heard from thousands of residents and stakeholders since the project began through in person and virtual meetings, email, community toolkits, perception polling, online survey and story feature. The survey and story feature are now closed but there will be future opportunities to share your ideas.

All feedback from this consultation period is being analyzed and will be summarized in a “What we Heard” report, anticipated to be released this fall.

Sign up for project updates to learn more about the Plan as it is developed, including future engagement activities.  

Everyone has a role to play in safety and well-being, and the City of Ottawa is seeking your feedback as we develop Ottawa’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan, which is required under the Province’s Safer Ontario Act, 2018, will outline strategies and actions to improve safety and well-being for everyone in Ottawa. We have been listening to the community on the best ways for residents, organizations and government to work together to address well-being and safety issues in our communities.

Your voice matters! We’ve heard from thousands of residents and stakeholders since the project began through in person and virtual meetings, email, community toolkits, perception polling, online survey and story feature. The survey and story feature are now closed but there will be future opportunities to share your ideas.

All feedback from this consultation period is being analyzed and will be summarized in a “What we Heard” report, anticipated to be released this fall.

Sign up for project updates to learn more about the Plan as it is developed, including future engagement activities.  

Tell your story

Thank you for your feedback! The story feature is now closed.  All feedback from this consultation period is being analyzed and will be summarized in a “What we Heard” report, anticipated to be released this summer.  

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If we are successful at addressing local priorities through a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, how would Ottawa be different in the future? Be specific and let us know what would make you and your community feel safer and improve your sense of well-being.

Feel free to upload photos or videos of your experiences, we want to see your great ideas! Your feedback will be included in our analysis, and development of our future priorities.

We want to hear from you! – Open until the end of June

This conversation will be moderated, please be sensitive to others with your commentary.

Thank you for contributing your story on Community Safety and Well-Being. 

Your feedback is one input in setting priorities for our future community Plan and a way for us to learn what is most important to you. 

If you have any questions, contact us at CSWB/SBEC@ottawa.ca and a team member would be pleased to call or email you back.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Unsettled by CSIS coopting of Ottawa Police

    by Albion, 3 months ago

    I was bureaucrat in Ottawa, cleared beyond Top Secret, when CSIS decided I need 'disrupting.' I knew then and know now I've done nothing wrong, but residents should know of the dirty tricks applied by CSIS involving the Ottawa Police.

    After some conflicts in my neighbourhood, I tried to involve the Ottawa Police. Incidents included vandalism and vehicular assault. But the officers involved in national security/'terrorism' are secluded into a special area and become CSIS employees (due to some contractual agreement) and turn the other way when (a) Ottawa police officers are impersonated, (b) a chief of police is made... Continue reading

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    Traffic Noise and Danger

    by Justadude, 3 months ago

    We live on Dickinson Street in Manotick where we can sit on the front porch listening to the birds in the trees while our daughter runs about the front yard chasing butterflies and frogs. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? Well I’m sorry to say that lately this is ruined by a large number of drivers in and around the village who are just in a hurry to get through Manotick or as simply showing off. Locally our street has become a common cut-through for people who want to avoid the lights at Bridge Street and Main Street. When these people cut... Continue reading

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    Defund the OPS. Invest in communities and social services.

    by LSRT, 3 months ago

    The Ottawa Police Services budget for 2020 is $358 million—nearly 10% of the city’s entire $3.76 billion budget. This is a staggeringly high amount, particularly given that such a large chunk of it goes to inflated police officer salaries. The OPS costs Ottawa taxpayers more than transportation, libraries, and public health combined. We must immediately start divesting from the systemically violent OPS (see for example Greg Ritchie in 2019, Abdiraman Abdi in 2016, Vincent Gardner in 1991, and Charles Cooper 1997), and invest in community-based initiatives instead. The police do not keep communities safe. Instead, they threaten the lives of... Continue reading

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    Defund and Reallocate Resources to Health and Social Programs

    by ezzieh, 3 months ago

    I worked in a social work context for 2 years and not once did I have a positive interaction with police. Police seem to be woefully unprepare to handle those experiencing mental health crisises often restoring to physical violence. In similar situations me and my coworkers were able to descalate the situation without laying a hand on the individual in question.

    The only times I have seen police makes arrests in Ottawa in public those in handcuff were indigenous people who seemed not to be causing any kind of distribence.

    The only times I have been stopped by the police... Continue reading

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    Policed Crazy

    by Dave H, 3 months ago

    I'm telling this story for my friend who no longer can tell his story because of the number of times he was arrested for walking while black. He has been in and out of holding cells and the back of police cars so many times that the shame drove him to joblessness and homelessness. He is now a paranoid schizophrenic man living on permanent disability. He was literally the highest priority on the Ottawa CMHA list because of the overwhelming amount of sh*t that he has had to take. We ticked off every box they had.
    It took 2 years... Continue reading

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    Police Reform Is The Bandaid Fix

    by ms9, 3 months ago

    Police reform is not working. We need those in positions of power to listen and prioritize the voices of Ottawa's citizens in order to dismantle decades of white supremacist norms which have caused blantantly disproportionate amounts of BIPOC policing.

    This work cannot be done with a few simple policy changes. What is being called for is a long term commitment to safety for ALL, not just some. I would like to see a reallocation of funds, to start (which many have discussed in this forum already). We need to start prioritizing our community.

    Here are two articles on the subject... Continue reading

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    It could have been better. I could be better

    by Cbest90, 3 months ago

    If I had been taken more seriously on the 3rd time I called the police begging for help, my life would not be the same. Ongoing trauma had caused me to suffer from ptsd, when all that needed to be done was an email or phone call. I will never be the same. When someone begs for help, you help. I shouldn’t have to beg again.

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    Policing cannot be a blanket solution to every health and safety problem

    by justacitizen, 3 months ago

    I'd like to echo all the calls from others to defund the police and grant higher budgets to social programs, as well as policies that could re-allocate the work police do to other experts that are better suited to the task. Right now the police cover an impossibly wide range of situations in the city without the training to back it up. A call to check in one someone's mental health is not the same as a call about a break-in and should not be treated as such.

    I have worked with organisations that focus on police well-being, and have... Continue reading

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    Examples of when policing in Ottawa didn't work for residents

    by Powertothepeaceful, 3 months ago

    I was born and raised in Ottawa and I have lived here for most of life. Here are a few examples of when policing didn't work for Ottawa residents that I witnessed.


    1. I lived on the main floor or an apartment. I had one upstairs neighbour and one downstairs.

    One evening the upstairs neighbour had a devastating accident and resulted in loss of life. It took about a dozen officers and detectives 12 hours and 2 crime scenes to listen to all of the witnesses who said it was an accident before they finally left and allowed people to... Continue reading

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    Defund police and re-fund social programs

    by FlaviaSM, 3 months ago

    I agree with sentiments already shared on defunding the police. We need to reduce (not maintain) the Police Services Budget. More police does not equal less crime. Police are a reactive, and not a proactive solution to crime. Police disproportional harm minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. This money would be better spent on social programs such as quality affordable housing, shelters, harm-reduction addictions programs and supporting food banks.

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