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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    Reallocate funding now.

    by Meperry, 3 months ago

    I want to see a reallocation of funding directly into programs and support for health, food, housing and education for those who need it. I want to see it start with defunding police.

    I want to see direct consultation (well beyond the limits of this almost invisible and inaccessible forum) with underserved communities and marginalized people. Consultation during a pandemic is a challenge but is perhaps even more important now.

    I want people in positions of power to listen to those currently delivering underfunded services about what they need to deliver more and better services.

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    Abolition can't wait.

    by Frances, 3 months ago

    It is impossible to reform a police state. The police, since their inception, have always upheld white supremacy as an institution. There is an uninterrupted continuum of anti-black violence throughout the history of police force in Canada, and it happens here in Ottawa. Do not forget Abdirahman Abdi, who was killed by police officers in 2016.

    If the City of Ottawa is actually committed to community safety, it can start by defunding police, and re-allocating that money to provide homes, mental health and medical support, transportation, education and food.

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    Support and Safety

    by Jessica M, 4 months ago

    I was working two doors down from the building where Abdirahman Abdi was killed, on the day that he was killed. The officials tried to get information on the chase from the security cameras in my office. I cannot tell you how sad and angry I still am to think about this violence happening in my neighbourhood. Especially knowing that better mental health crisis intervention, rather than the summoning of police as a first line of response, could have saved his life. And most especially suspecting that his identity as a racialized person made him a target for ill-treatment by... Continue reading

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    COVID 19 Assessment Centers

    by Marie B, 4 months ago

    I’ve been hearing a lot in the news lately about how we need to increase our testing. Premier Ford is urging people to go for testing and says we cannot move to phase 2 unless we succeed in this area.

    I went to the Bells Corners assessment center three days ago when it was 30 degrees outside, and found a long line-up of people outside in the heat. Some elderly were sitting down on their walkers while the others had no seats.

    I returned this morning before the center opened and found another line up- again people who are sick... Continue reading

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    Anxiety and depression - the desperation of a family

    by LJW, 4 months ago

    I have a family member who has anxiety and depression – it has been a battle their whole life. They have gone without real treatment for many years. The doctor in the last ten years did finally prescribe medication to assist with the anxiety and help prevent the extreme reactions, panic attacks and other intense emotion. The depression also ebbs and flows. They have been self-medicating with alcohol for many years. As a family, we realize this now but did not in the past as we were unaware of the emotional turmoil our family member was facing. Some big life... Continue reading

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