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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    Redistribute the Funds to Mental Health Services

    by yourdailygoodmorning, 3 months ago

    Ottawa is capable of redirecting millions of funds, now used for punishing (innocent) citizens, towards resilient aid that reaches the young and old habitants of Ottawa. Community programs, collaboration with locals and the end of police brutality will improve the city and set a presedent for our country.

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    Invest in the wellbeing of everyone

    by Ryanna, 3 months ago

    Ottawa spends millions more on its police services than housing, healthcare, and mental health and addiction services. Police services take up 9.5% of our operational budget whereas public health is allocated 1.9%. These statistics need to change.

    Many of Ottawa's predominantly BIPOC communities are underfunded and have poor conditions. It also doesn't help that these areas are over-policed resulting in high crime rates and fear amongst these families. Instead of funding the police, create proper support and activities for youth in these areas. Question why the crime rates are so high and figure out ways to make these communities more... Continue reading

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    DEFUND THE POLICE

    by AbolishThePolice, 3 months ago

    Why is so much money invested in a dangerous organization????

    Invest the money into services that will ACTUALLY help the people of Ottawa (for example mental health services).

    If the police is so beneficial and serves to protect its people, why are BIPOC afraid of them?? Why are BIPOC arrested/jailed in disproportionate rates?? WHY??

    And do not tell me that you will “reform” the police. It will not work. YOU CANNOT REFORM THOSE THAT BREAK THE LAW AND ABUSE THEIR POWER.

    DEFUND THE FREAKING POLICE!!!!!!!!


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    DEFUND THE OPS

    by sabrinac., 3 months ago

    Demilitarize and defund the police.

    We have seen too many stories of police being called to do “wellness checks”, resulting in the death of the one who needed help. Police bring excessive force and weapons to mental health crises that they aren’t trained to handle.

    Police lack the education in social sciences to understand marginalized groups, such as BIPOC or members of the LGBT+ community. I have seen the Ottawa Police Service’s EDI plan for intersectional learning opportunities, but we (the public) do not trust police reforms. It is impossible for one police officer to be especially well-trained in all... Continue reading

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    Please Defund the Police

    by Caroline5678, 3 months ago

    It's time we move resources away from policing, and into mental health/addictions, housing, and other social services.

    Defunding police and allocating these resources to mental health/wellness addresses the root of the problem and can actually help people before they reach the point of crisis. In a crisis situation, a social worker or someone trained in de-escalation would monumentally increase the chances of a safe outcome. Police aren't trained to deal with these issues- why do we send them (with weapons) when we know that they don't know how to help people in these situations, and resort to violence, especially if... Continue reading

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    Police should not be doing Wellness Checks, or any sort of interaction with Mental Health

    by Jasmine S, 3 months ago

    For a concrete example of how to move towards a safer city, I strongly believe that we should reduce the amount we spend directly on the police and redirect that to public safety, and an excellent first step would be to immediately stop sending police on Wellness Checks (send paramedics for the time being, until we have set up and hired a specific team of trained mental health and community service professionals specializing in non-violent de-escalation), and to stop sending police on checks relating to mental health at all. The CAHOOTS program from Eugene Oregon would be an excellent example... Continue reading

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    Invest in social services, not the police

    by mgrav, 3 months ago

    Calling the police should not be people's first and/or only option when they need assistance.

    The police are not helping people of colour, the police are not helping the LGBTQ+ community, the police are not helping people who struggle with mental or physical health, the police are not helping people who are homeless, addicted or abused. So why are we spending so much on the OPS?

    The city of Ottawa needs to defund its police force and invest in solutions that keep our communities safe. Social services, healthcare and housing should be prioritized.

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    Fund the services that actually keep people safe

    by Tara, 3 months ago

    It’s time to rethink our model of community safety. Armed police don’t make people feel safe, and in our society they are not generally perceived by those who are most likely to come in contact with them as people who will make things better. The risk of calling the police for a wellness check is so high that I would never consider doing it. I would much rather see investments in anti-poverty, safe housing, family services and mental health initiatives that will actually make people safer.

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    Avid VOTER who is paying attention

    by Listen_up, 3 months ago

    I was born and stayed here, I own a home in this city, I pay taxes in this city, I vote in every single election, I sign petitions, I was educated here, and I am paying attention.

    'The City' claims to be seeking "strategies and actions to improve safety and well-being for everyone in Ottawa" and the answer is simple, DEFUND THE POLICE and REFUND safety and well-being programs for everyone.

    I hope you understand what I mean by DEFUND, but you have not proven to me that the government understands much of anything so here is a simple... Continue reading

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    Defund the Police

    by GVC, 3 months ago

    Defund the police

    1) Too much power is given to police. I have personally witnessed incidents of racism where Ottawa police have shouted at, targeted and belittled people of colour. To ignore these issues is to actively contribute to Canada’s ongoing, systemic colonial violence.

    2) The police do not have a deep understanding of social issues. They are not trained to improve the quality of our lives. Police money should be allocated to community-driven organizations (for anti-racism resources, LGBTQ+ support, mental and physical health support, youth and family support, to name a few).