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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    Redirect police funding to housing, mental health and other community support measures.

    by BeepBoop, 3 months ago

    I work and volunteer in affordable housing in Ottawa. A safer community for me would be one where everyone is housed, where people experiencing homelessness, those with mental health and addictions challenges, and other vulnerable groups get the help they need without being criminalized. My work in the housing sector has given me many examples of how the daily experiences of black people, indigenous people, and people of colour living in Ottawa are very different from mine (a young white woman). A safer Ottawa for me would also be one where BIPOC can go about their daily activities with the... Continue reading

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    Defund, disarm, dismantle and abolish the police, redistribute funds

    by EmilyMM, 3 months ago

    There is a lot of work that needs to be done to address the systemic racism existing in our society. Defunding the police is a good place to start. There are many different places that could benefit from having those funds and help improve the lives of all people. We need to focus on the underlying issues that contribute to crime in a preventative manor instead of focusing on policing.


    There are many projects and campaigns calling for the abolition of policing. In Ottawa some examples are the NOPE Campaign (No Ottawa Prison Expansion Campaign), The Bell Let’s Talk CPEP... Continue reading

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    Defund the police in favour of social programs

    by Justice4all, 3 months ago

    Hello,

    The police in our communities across North America prove time and time again that they are unprepared and unwilling to protect or serve our communities. In the cases of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Jason Collins, D’Andre Campbell, Olando Brown, Andrew Loku, Jermaine Carby, Kwasi Skene-Peters, Marc Ekamba-Boekwa, Sammy Yatim, Ian Pryce, Alain Magloire, Nicholas Thorne-Belance, Phuong Na (Tony) Du, René Gallant, Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, Bony Jean-Pierre, Abdirahman Abdi, Pierre Coriolan, Brydon Whitstone, Josephine Pelletier, Nicholas Gibbs, Jaskamal Singh Lail, Chad Williams, Greg Ritchie, Machuar Madut, Sean Thompson, Randy Cochrane, Eishia Husdon, Jorge Giraldo, and so many more people, interaction with the... Continue reading

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    Defund the police

    by Lmk, 3 months ago

    Both of my parents suffer from mental illnesses and this has acerbated instances of family violence within our household over the past 20 years. In these instances our only option has been to call the police to act as an intermediary however, this has only lead to expensive legal issues and trauma for my family increasing stress. If we were able to call a community support worker who could de-escalate the situation and connect us with available community resources this would help solve the route problems and stop the cycle. Ottawa needs to defund the police and put these resources... Continue reading

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    Priorities Please

    by kindnessisradical, 3 months ago

    I am Ottawa born and raised, and I truly love this city. We are lucky that there is so much good that we as citizens can advocate for, and we have the power to look after each other. This is why it is our duty to advocate for defunding the OPS and reallocating funds to healthcare, education, and community welfare. As a woman of colour, I've felt felt fear and mistrust towards the OPS- the lack of accountability, lack of transparency, and massive allocation of funds adds to it every time "a few bad apples" walk away with a slap... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police

    by maddys333, 3 months ago

    the police force is overfunded and inefficient. It has only protected white people such as myself. The black and indigenous people in my life have felt threatened by Ottawa police. This is the exact opposite of what the police force claims to be for. The OPS was created to protect white people, and to this day that’s what it does. Let’s please take that money and use it to fix the foster care system. Hire social workers and healthcare professionals to handle mental health crises. There should be far less police than there are, and the police should be helping... Continue reading

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    Defund the Ottawa Police

    by Iskost, 3 months ago

    I am commenting to add my voice to the calls to reallocate the 360 million police services budget to community programs. This includes support for unhoused individuals, addiction services, indigenous services, libraries, affordable housing, etc. The police are a fundamentally racist institution, and expensive reforms such as body cameras have been proven ineffective in reducing harm caused by officers. Training programs, community policing, and other reforms have also been debunked as worthwhile projects for our tax dollars. I am a resident of the Ottawa community where Abdirahman Abdi was murdered, and I have personally seen officers ill equipped to interact... Continue reading

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    Help the most vulnerable

    by SMSGN, 3 months ago

    We have heard time and time again that police are spread too thin. Instead of asking police to do more we should defund and reinvest in more specific programs to help the most vulnerable, and work with communities to address their specific needs.


    We know bias is prevalent in policing and is near impossible to root out. Let’s not follow in Toronto’s footsteps (investing MORE into body cameras which have been shown to not work at solving a much deeper issue) and take a firm stance by investing in education, social programs, and healthcare.


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    Defund police in favour of community services

    by ladybawlz, 3 months ago

    A safer community for me and everyone else would be a community that is well-positioned to address the health and unique needs of individuals. As someone who works for a social service organization, I've seen how much our city relies on philanthropy to fund vital, lifesaving frontline services. But we can't rely on philanthropy—it falls apart during times of crisis like the current pandemic, when people are less generous despite an increased need for social services. Stable investments in community services like mental health, harm reduction, housing, childhood education, poverty reduction, etc. should all be priorities of our municipal government... Continue reading

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    Defund and Disarm the Police

    by Matt A, 3 months ago

    I (biracial) was only 14 years old the first time I witnessed racial profiling. I was with my friend (black) and younger brother (14 and 13 years old, respectively). The three of us had just finished playing a soccer game and went inside the grocery store across the street from the park to purchase sports drinks. As we left the store, we encountered two black men in their early 20's from our community that we knew well. They had just left the nearby convenience store after purchasing products.

    Within 10 seconds of our two groups greeting each other a police... Continue reading

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