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 serishai, 3 months ago

    We need a concrete reallocation of funding from policing budgets to community-led care-based programming. This includes creating new initiatives rather than reverting to alternate institutions (ex. social workers) who also embody systemic racism and white supremacy and if unfit to deal with a particular situation are meant to then escalate by calling the police. This practice needs to end completely.

    Racialized communities are significantly in more danger when police are present! To ensure the safety and well-being of oppressed and repressed communities we are in need of significant structural changes that begin with taking away funding and responsibilities from police... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police!!

    by claire.k, 3 months ago

    Defund the OPS. Their budget is entirely way too much and could be cut to provide money for other sections of Ottawa.


    Services to help BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled people are more in need that the police.


    We need to make a change, politicians needs to enact laws and defund flawed organizations and sections of Ottawa, like the OPS.

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    Police violence is a public health issue

    by ambr, 3 months ago

    We need to fund, and increase accessibility of community-based services that give people options outside of calling the police. The police should absolutely not be responsible for calls that would be better handled by social workers, mental health professionals, emergency health workers or community-led programs. We must invest in our communities. This should be done by de-funding and reducing the dominance of police services, and by fostering collaboration between communities and public health services to make Ottawa an equitable and healthy place to live.


    Widaatalla, N. (2020, June 26). Public Health and Police Violence. Student blog, Canadian Public Health Association... Continue reading

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    Defund police, invest in community safety

    by A MacDonald, 3 months ago

    I am a white homeowner in Sandy Hill who pays taxes and votes. I am not comfortable with 1/3 of my taxes going to the police, who do not contribute in any meaningful way to community safety and well being for me and my neighbours.
    When I walk around my neighbourhood I don’t see threats that need to be met with violence. I see a lot of need. The homeless and those who frequent the safe injection site a block away have never caused any issue for me and I worry about their health and safety

    Defund the police. They... Continue reading

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    Fund our communities

    by Kate V, 3 months ago

    It’s time to shift our focus from funding a police force that has lost the trust of the public to funding community and social services that are better equipped to tackle the root of our issues as a city. Change is inevitable; this current system isn’t working and needs to be built from the ground up.


    Defund the police. Fund our communities.

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    PRIORITIZE WELL BEING OVER POWER

    by zdouces, 3 months ago

    The time is now for a major, overdue change in how the city of Ottawa approaches policing and the grossly over-funding thereof - defund, better yet - ABOLISH. Rebuild a system that promotes safety, with actually well-trained personnel that can provide and fulfill services such as a wellness check without bring armed.

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    Help Us Keep Each Other Safe

    by Charlo, 3 months ago

    I'm hardly the only person here saying this, but I'm happy to be joining a chorus. Defunding the Ottawa Police Service, and redistributing those funds to help combat homelessness, aid in our communities' mental and physical health, and protect our environment would have huge impacts on our community safety and well being.

    We should investing in supporting the community we have, not unjustly punishing BIPOC communities and the mentally ill. The funds that go to the OPS could have huge impacts in improving lives, rather than making them harder at best, and ending them at worst.

    We can absolutely imagine... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police

    by jessica.hannaford, 3 months ago

    The police are an ineffective and racist institution that further oppresses and kills BIPOC people. You must defund the police and reallocate those funds to community services that will actually help people instead of using violence.

    You can’t reform the police. Body cams have never worked and spending even more money on the police budget is abhorrent. Use the money to actually help your city instead of destroying it!

    Defund the police now!

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    Defund the Police!

    by Photosynthesis, 3 months ago

    Consider this situation.

    There is a family living in extreme poverty and can barely scrape by. Paying for meals is getting more and more difficult and work is scarce. The family finally feels pressured to steal food just to afford to live. The police are immediately called to hunt down the "robbers" and make them pay the price, either with a fine, prison sentence, or their lives, depending on the demographic of the family.

    But why is our money poured into funding the police, whose job is to arrest and oppress? We could just as well direct funds into making... Continue reading

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    Defund the police

    by Ottawalives, 3 months ago

    Sorry, 358 million for Ottawa police. Disgusting

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