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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    Divest and Defund Ottawa Police

    by Yanaminah , 3 months ago

    I believe Ottawa police needs to be divested from and mental health services and marginalized communities (stigmatized neighbourhoods like Vanier, anyone anything Indigenous related, the racialized homeless and other BIPOC resources) should be invested in. There should be no increase in police funding as other necessary culturally competent services are left behind. Abolition requires mot than police officers disappearing. It means decreasing reliance on police. It also doesn’t mean police absence, inaction, or non-intervention practices especially now considering this pandemic. I would like to see concrete action derive from accessible community consultations. I want see new approaches safety, accountability, and... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police & Re-Allocate to Community Services

    by KelseyS, 3 months ago

    Ample research shows that cities thrive when social and community services are put at the forefront and are funded properly. This unfortunately is far from the case in Ottawa.

    A look at the Ottawa Police Department's history with racial violence, mishandling of mental health situations, and a complete lack of knowledge and training on how to support instead of punish citizens reveals we are in dire straits and in need of change. The current system does not work. There are no questions about this.

    The lack of accountability on the police for their many missteps is concerning and downright scary... Continue reading

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    Reduce police funding / bodycameras do not work

    by dotheresearch, 3 months ago

    Dear City of Ottawa analytical team,

    This is a human rights issue.

    Seeking help in a mental health crisis should never be a death sentance.

    One death is too many and reason enough to put in the work to reimagine and rebuild the entire system.

    If you are serious about your intersectional lens, you need rethink how we care for people in mental distress!

    Stop sending people with guns and insufficient de-escalation training into these situations in order to better serve our community.

    You can't fix this by training the officers you have - if training was enough it... Continue reading

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    Defund the OPS - More Focus on Community Services

    by Lama, 3 months ago

    Defund the OPS and invest in the community by giving more funding to public health services, social services, community-led initiatives, and many more. Time and time again, the police have done more harm than good, especially towards our marginalised communities in Ottawa. I have seen homeless people been turned away from community spaces by the police. I have seen how BIPOC individuals are often singled out and viewed with more unwarranted suspicion while taking the O-Train.

    There are so many more incidents that occurred, and so many more left unspoken or unknown.

    We need to protect our communities by investing... Continue reading

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    DEFUND AND DISARM THE POLICE

    by RB001, 3 months ago

    I was 14 the first incident. I was having a mental health crisis which required me to be taken to CHEO, an ambulance was called along with police to ensure I co-operated. The paramedics talked to me first, they were very empathetic and compassionate. Then, along comes the police officer and his partner. He started off with a condescending look and tone, criticizing me passive aggressively. I didn't realize why until he was leaving. Although his partner didn't say much, she is what you would consider an enabler. He started off with asking me routine questions. It was all a... Continue reading

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    Defund and Disarm the Police

    by OliviaG, 3 months ago

    In the OPS 2020 Draft Budget book, the 3% increase in the police budget (approved by City Council), is justified, in part, by a commitment to “addressing the root causes of crime and social disorder” in marginalized neighbourhoods through the creation of Neighbourhood Resource Teams (NRTs). Yet there is no explanation of precisely what these resource teams are equipped to do, outside of providing increased police presence.

    The notion that police are in any way equipped to address "root causes" is absolutely asinine. Police exist for the sole purpose of criminalizing social struggles. If the City were really committed to... Continue reading

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    Increasing Community Services - Defunding Police

    by Sandy Hills, 3 months ago

    Hello,

    I am commenting to support the calls by citizens of Ottawa to defund the Ottawa Police Service. As a person who has lived in the downtown core for more than two decades, I have not generally had positive interactions with the police. And as a middle aged, well educated white person, I know that my experiences have no doubt been more positive than many people's. As a citizen, I support increased funding for housing, support for people who use drugs, education, libraries, and public transportation. I support funding for harm reduction initiatives like safe injection sites and managed alcohol... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police and Invest in Community Based Services and Support

    by Steph Herman, 3 months ago

    The City of Ottawa needs to defund those services that are actively harming citizens (aka the police) and repurpose those funds into services that actually make a difference when it comes to safety and well-being. Police violence is an ongoing issue and this violence is rooted in systemic racism. I fear police as a white woman and I can't even imagine the fear BIPOC experience daily at the hands of police. To serve and protect is a joke at this point when all police are effectively doing is intimidating, harassing and attempting to meet their quota. Further, violent crimes are... Continue reading

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    Reallocate funds from police to Social Programs

    by nejenje, 3 months ago

    Hi,

    I am a woman who lives in Canada, and I am incredibly thankful for the freedoms I am afforded as a Canadian citizen. With all the news and press on the case of George Floyd, I want to finally use my voice and make a world where future generations won’t have to live in our current climate. I think that Canada needs to redirect the funds it uses for police to pay and offer proper resources to immigrants, people with disabilities, students, and much more. My mother came in contact with a family from a refugee camp in Congo... Continue reading

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    Please please defund the police

    by Tree8, 3 months ago

    There are a plethora of health and safety services that could and would use the funding given to the police services in a more manner that is more beneficial to the community.

    As someone who regularly walks down Rideau street, it is heartbreaking to me to see the kind and gentle souls who are forced to live on the street who would greatly benefit from having better services available to them.

    The over funding of the police is directly responsible for some of the glaring flaws in Ottawa society.

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