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 aysha7972, 3 months ago

    I believe that the police force does not adequately provide protection and security for us as opposed to what we have always been told to believe. There have been far too many cases of police brutality and abuse of power, resulting in the deaths of innocent people, specifically Black people and minorities. A person calling for a mental health crisis should be cared for by a trained specialist, not harmed by an armed officer. People should not be living in fear of those who are meant to bring justice. With so much money going towards a system that in turn... Continue reading

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    Defund The Police

    by kyrori, 3 months ago

    Ottawa is a city home to people of varying cultures and ethnicities— our city prides itself on that. To build a safer community for BlPOC and Indigenous people, defunding the police and reallocating these resources to aide those in need is a large step in the right direction.


    These resources would be able to provide safe, affordable housing (no one should be without basic necessities), aide those with mental health / substance abuse disorders, build and support organizations which help support minorites in unique circumstances.


    The police should not be expected to handle such a large array of situations (eg... Continue reading

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    Redirect Police Funding

    by Emily E. King, 3 months ago

    I believe the city needs to invest in improving mental health services, especially emergency services. In light of the recent deaths of several Canadians during wellness checks, it has become very clear that the police force is not adequately trained to respond to these types of situations. If even a small portion of the police budget was reallocated to other areas of community care, the safety of Ottawa's citizens would be vastly increased.

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    Defund, Disarm, and Disband OPS

    by Ayan T, 3 months ago

    In the face of cyclical police violence happening throughout North America right now, there is no better time to commit ourselves to change. We have seen that investing in body cameras, civilian reviews or de-escalation and implicit bias training doesn’t work. What we need in Ottawa is leadership that can initiate a reduction in the immense police violence that targets our most marginalized people, toward the eventual abolition of police and prisons. In order to do this, I call on you and the City Council to reduce funding in these ways:

    - Withhold pensions and don’t rehire cops involved in... Continue reading

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    Defund the police. Invest in our communities.

    by kai mitsuru, 3 months ago

    Please do not gloss over the requests in this forum, the emails, and the phone calls you are receiving in numbers to defund the police. I implore you to take these calls for action seriously.

    As of 2020, the Ottawa Police Services budget was approximately $358 million, while the combined budget for transportation, libraries, and public health was approximately $316 million. The OPS is grossly overfunded, and yet still ineffective! Instead, the OPS, an institution borne from a foundation based on systemic racism in Canada, perpetuates and represents a system of over-policing that disproportionately harms marginalized communities.

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    Defund and Disarm the OPS

    by Serenity, 3 months ago

    Hi,

    I am a Canadian Citizen living in Ottawa. Having immigrated to Canada for a safer and more prosperous life, I am very fortunate to have the privileges I do. However, knowing first-hand how it is to be powerless against the brutality of law enforcement and peoples of authority, I am extremely distraught that the very same situations from which my family has escaped are also very much prevalent in this new "safehaven". Police brutality and unaccountablilty is not solved by police expansion and simple reform. The OPS are tasked with a myriad of responsibilities but are provided with minimal... Continue reading

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    Defund the police

    by Linda Berry, 3 months ago

    I believe that their are so many steps in providing adequate living and equality in Ottawa. My first belief is that we must defund our police. The police force is expected to deal with so many unique circumstances, such as mental health issues, homelessness, sexual assault, crime and more. All these problems are so different from each other, and therefore, they require specific training. Right now, police are required to handle all these issues without the proper knowledge and training that they need. This results in violent encounters, which otherwise could be peaceful if we had other authorities who specialized... Continue reading

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    Police funding, culture, and education

    by Dania B., 3 months ago

    Many activists who advocate for defunding the police call for a complete dismantlement of the police system. However, others call for a partial but extensive dismantlement of the police force. This would allow the city to reinvest in services that can prevent crime in the first place, but also keep a small specialized force on call to handle dangerous or violent cases. Please consider partially defunding the police and reinvesting a large portion of this funding to support public health initiatives and social services.


    Additionally, the municipal police department should actively work to weed out and dismantle forms of harmful... Continue reading

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    Disarm and Defund the OPS

    by EMC, 3 months ago

    When there is clear evidence of Ottawa community members suffering at the hands of the OPS, and many clear studies and scholarly works that demonstrate the inability to reform police services, it is the clear choice that as a community we must begin to move away from police in Ottawa. For wellness checks, there is no need for an armed officer to be involved. For neighbourhood or domestic disputes, there is no need for an armed officer to be involved. And why would you want armed officers patrolling our streets? The presence of the OPS and their license to use... Continue reading

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    Defund the police

    by Vee, 3 months ago

    We have witnessed many occasions where police have reacted inappropriately in situations they were not and are not trained to act in, such as mental health. Instead of calling on police to act in such events, it would be wiser and logical to defund from the very overfunded police operations in Ottawa, and reinvest it into new and existing social and mental health programs/initiatives that will be more beneficial for our community.

    Funding should also be reinvested more towards education, healthcare, social services, and supporting the vulnerable and the minority.


    Also, the police officers are not above the law and... Continue reading

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