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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    Defund the Police

    by VS, 3 months ago

    The City of Ottawa should defund the Ottawa Police and reinvest reducing the deficit of affordable housing and provide more funding for other vital community programs.

    There will probably be an influx of demands to defund and/or abolish the police. Please do not dismiss this as a passing movement. These demands are not new, the number of voices has only increased. Everyone deserves to feel safe in this city, and police forces have proved countless times that their duty to serve and protect only favours certain citizens.

    Do not make the same mistake as Toronto City Council. Be on the... Continue reading

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    Proactive not Reactive

    by MissCEO, 3 months ago

    We can ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community by proactively supporting the residents of our city by investing in and establishing resources for mental health, after-school programs for youth and teens, employment and job training and to stop over-policing marginalized neighbourhoods. Defunding the police and redirecting that money into programs that can actually benefit the community.

    OPS should not be the first choice for wellness checks and other non-violent calls for assistance.

    Lowertown, Vanier, Overbrook, Bayshore, Ottawa South are over-policed people in these communities are profiled by the OPS and have been since the 80's when I was... Continue reading

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    Defunding the police, refunding the community, and moving away from harmful & toxic "social supports".

    by Farnaz Farhang, 3 months ago

    My name is Farnaz Farhang and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Criminology. I have been invested in creating safer spaces for the better part of my adult life and care deeply about community safety & well-being.

    Between 2019 and 2020, I worked with the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP), where I was responsible for doing a review and focusing on the processes ten other municipalities had gone through to develop their respective CSWB plans. If I could summarize what I learned from this exercise, it was that a... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police, Reallocate Funds to Competent Social Programs

    by CianJoseph, 3 months ago

    Please do not ignore the plethora of complaints and calls for police defunding. The Ottawa police budget is bloated and must be severely reduced as an appropriate response of their incompetence. Many Ottawa officers have shown that there are far to many willing to abuse their power and do serious harm to the citizens they are obliged to protect. Within my 20 years of living in Ottawa, there have been physical assault, sexual assault and murder charges including Julie Cayer, Benoit Aube, Roxanne Carr, Stacey Bonds, Terry Delay, Hugh Styres and Abdirahman Abdi. While these officers are morally reprehensible and... Continue reading

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    Abolish the police

    by Mariama T, 3 months ago

    Considering the violence OPS has enacted towards civilians in the past (and continues to do so) it would make sense to abolish them and use those funds to help build better communities. $360 million is spent on OPS whereas only $72 million on public health. If our communities had better schools, better access to health care and if children were able to be feed properly and daycares were free so much petty crime would seize to exist. Abolishing the police would mean safer communities for brown and black folks as we are the main targets of police. Policing and white... Continue reading

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    Envisioning and Enacting a Better Future for Ottawa

    by jeh, 3 months ago

    We need to defund, disarm, and eventually dismantle the OPS so that more resources can be given to education, public health, and community building. Above all, please know that police do not make people in Ottawa feel safe. Especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour as well as those apart of the LGBTQ+ community and low income people.

    Get rid of School Resource Officers (SROs) in all Ottawa schools. In my own experience, my school's SRO was found to be a perpetrator of sexual abuse. Moreover, I remember that when my SROs would visits, kids would just be awestruck by... Continue reading

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    Defund the police

    by Megan Butcher, 3 months ago

    It is painfully clear that police are being asked to do far too much, and to take on tasks they are neither well suited for nor well trained for. I do not, however, support more training or police reform. That has been happening for years, all across North America, and even in just the last few months, we have seen many people dead at the hands of the people meant to protect them. Ottawa certainly has its share of awful stories.

    I strongly believe that it is no longer an option to continue funding the OPS for work they should... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police

    by joshuagrey, 3 months ago

    As a person with mental health issues and that volunteers at a sexual assault centre dealing with crises, I have seen firsthand the need for increased funding towards social programs as opposed to the police. Police, in many situations involving people with disabilities or mental illnesses, escalate crises and worsen the situation for all actors involved.

    Additionally, as a person of colour, I do not believe that police are equipped to deal with issues involving communities of colour. There are so many intricacies to the systemic and institutional factors that influence race and race relations that I do not think... Continue reading

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    Abolishing Police And Put That Money Where People Need It.

    by MV, 3 months ago

    The priorities of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan should include the following 3 points, in order to improve the safety and well-being of all people in Ottawa:

    1)Abolish the Police by disarming and defunding it. We should not be spending government money on the armed policing of its own denizens. 360 million dollars is spent arming officers with firearms to patrol and harass poor communities and black communities. Do we really need cops with firearms to patrol our own friends and neighbours?

    2)Re-invest those 360 million (ALL OF THEM and then some) into social resources, medical care and education... Continue reading

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    abolish the police, invest in communities

    by hannah.ferg, 3 months ago

    As a white person, I am privileged in many ways, one of which is that I do not fear for my life if I choose to call the police. BIPOC, on the other hand, are policed, surveilled, and profiled at a much higher rate--their communities are targeted and harmed not only by police brutality but also the trauma of this constant surveillance, of feeling unsafe in their city. The City of Ottawa is responsible for and should uplift all of the communities that make the city so vibrant, not just its white population. Canada loves to extol the virtue of... Continue reading

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