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 Kian, 3 months ago

    I've always been a firm believer that police services have been built on the systemic oppression that harms the minorities of communities, and several instances in both the recent and far past have shown me that Ottawa is no exception.


    Although I am a middle-class white person, being disabled both physically and mentally has given me some not-so great experiences with the police around here. Even before those incidents, I always feared them greatly, knowing that these services weren't here to protect people like me.


    But this experience is tenfold for Black, Brown and Indigenous citizens of Ottawa, who end... Continue reading

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    Equal allocation of funding

    by Micbeh , 3 months ago

    As a healthcare worker who sees many patients brought in by OPS, I believe some of their budget would be better allocated to community welfare organizations as well as crisis response teams. So much of our population is underserved and fall through the cracks of our system. They are not receiving the care and support they need to thrive and on top of that, when they are in crisis they are met with aggressive police, and more often than not, end up in the hospital because they have been injured at the hands of police who were unable to deescalate... Continue reading

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    Healthcare Comes First

    by rosek, 3 months ago

    We live in a city where we allocate more money to a dangerously biased policing system than to healthcare, a system that saves lives and improves the quality of life for everyone. Reallocating funding from the police and RCMP to healthcare and mental health services will make a positive change in our communities, and save lives too often taken by police.

    Take Mona Wang for example. A "wellness check" in her hour of need ended in her being brutalized by a police officer. We cannot continue to place our trust and mental health in the hands of the police. They... Continue reading

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    Defund the police and fund social programs

    by paularodrigo, 3 months ago

    Hello,

    I am a student of colour that studies in one of Ottawa’s post-secondary institutions. I am calling to defund the police, as it is unsettling that the OPS has five times the budget of other public services. As a student, I know firsthand that many distress and safety problems in young and minority communities can me resolved without violence and without the police.

    Along these lines, many of Ottawa’s social problems, like homelessness, poverty, and addiction are not being helped my increased policing. This is why I think it would be better for police budgets to be redirected to... Continue reading

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    Defund the police. Invest in the community.

    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.

    "Reform" is not... Continue reading

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    Defund and disarm the police. Invest in community based support systems.

    by ZP, 3 months ago

    Hi,

    I am here to mention only a few reasons why I believe the police should be disarmed and defunded. Police should not be sent for wellness checks. We need more community-led support systems for the mentally ill. It’s obvious that police do not have the proper training to deal with this and often escalate the situation more than helping it. It makes no sense why we send a police officer with any weapons to deal with non violent crimes. This is a big reason why people do not feel safe when police are involved. Instead of sending police to... Continue reading

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    Less policing, more prevention!

    by Lak2158, 3 months ago

    I work in healthcare and feel the effects of deficient funding on a daily basis. I hear it from patients and their family members on a weekly basis, who want to know why they can't stay in the hospital longer. I have to manage an impossible workload and put in many unpaid hours. It really upset me to see how much money is spent on policing, money that could be spent on our hospitals.

    I would like to see more money spent on keeping our citizens fed, housed, and with easy access to preventative care and medications so that less... Continue reading

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    Defund and disarm the Police

    by Nannerrzzz, 3 months ago

    I am a poor person of colour who lives in a policed neighbourhood. I have never seen the police prevent a crime or be of any actual use. Their presence does not protect us or make us safe. It simply makes us uncomfortable and plants the false idea that our neighbourhood is full of criminals. This also creates a negative stigma around poor people that allows other people to ostracize us.

    If you are unsure of where to cut police funding, I would suggest starting with removing police officers who are present in poor neighbourhoods for no reason. I have... Continue reading

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    DEFUND THE POLICE

    by Jo_Saint, 3 months ago

    Hello,

    I'm calling the City to DEFUND THE POLICE

    It is abnormal that the police's budget is 5 times higher than the public health department. Why does Ottawa care more about its local glorified military service than the well-being of its citizens?

    It is no secret that the police targets and preys on BIPOC in the city. My own family was at the mercy of abusive police force. Indeed, about 2 years ago, the police surrounded my home with about 15 officers in the early hours of the morning, while my mother, my brother and my elderly grandmother were sleeping... Continue reading

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    Defund the police and redirect funds to social programs

    by Jasmine, 3 months ago

    I find it unacceptable that the police budget exceeds the budget of all other social services. The police force continually and disproportionately targets marginalized groups and this needs to stop. I call upon Ottawa to reduce funding to the police with an ultimate goal of defunding the police force and instead move funds to social programs such as public health and housing.

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