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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    Militarized Police Does Not Encourage Safety

    by plasticfarmer, 3 months ago

    Our police are armed with deadly weapons and do not have a visual presence of enforcing safety and de-escelation, in fact quite the opposite. Armed, militarized social service works should not be dealing with wellness checks, domestic disputes etc. They will only enforce violence and escalate. Instead, unarmed soical workers who are specifically trained in domestic issues and de-escelation should be dealing with this. I have never felt a presence of safety when around police, I've only ever felt anxiety, this should not be the case for workers that are there to keep us safe which we pay for in... Continue reading

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    Police should not be doing wellness checks

    by RHend, 3 months ago

    Police need to defunded.

    There are many areas that police are not needed or they are ill suited to fill the role that is expected of them.

    Trained mental health professionals should be conducting wellness checks and involving the police when and only if necessary.

    Police should not be directing traffic or sitting while there is road construction. This can be done by bylaw.

    Money should be reinvested into education and social services.

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    Invest in social services. Defund OPS.

    by vwm, 3 months ago

    The OPS’ budget is larger than the combined budget of Ottawa’s social services. We need to invest in organizations that help keep Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations safe. Defund the OPS.

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    Please defund OPS

    by Becky M, 3 months ago

    I am deeply concerned about how much money goes to the Ottawa Police Services. We know exactly what over-policing leads to, and it's not safer communities. It leads to racial divides and gross injustices committed against our BIPOC neighbours. These are people we should be celebrating, not further brutalizing.

    Furthermore, as a queer disabled person, even though I'm white, I know that I could very well be one wellness check away from the end of my life. I should not have to live in fear of the police, and neither should anyone else in this city! We could make so... Continue reading

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    Police Should Not Conduct Wellness Checks or Respond to Mental Health Calls

    by Tay, 3 months ago

    Police are not mental health professionals. They should not be asked, expected, or trusted to respond to mental health crises. When I was 17 I was going through my 3rd year straight of crippling clinical depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, multiple anxiety disorders, an eating disorder, and self harming, as well as living in an abusive home environment. The police were called on me while I was having a mental health crises and panic attack. I was rocking back and forth on the ground. They were not reassuring, they were not a calming presence. Instead of being anything I needed... Continue reading

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    Defund the OPS

    by bee41, 3 months ago

    My vision of a safe, sustainable, and equitable Ottawa is one where law enforcement are not the first / only point of contact when vulnerable members of our community require support and care. The OPS, as all other police forces in this country, is a violent institution that is built on the false premise of security for all - but this comes at the very real expense of marginalized members of our community (BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folks, persons with disabilities, homeless persons, and all intersections within).

    The $360m spent on the OPS budget would be better served in community-led organizations and... Continue reading

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    DEFUND THE OPS

    by Natasha Bulowski, 3 months ago

    Funding needs to be directed to social services. The OPS costs more than all other social services combined and have only done harm to the community they pretend to serve. Please invest in community-based services and supports, for example social workers responding to mental health and addictions situations. We cannot continue to let BIPOC people be murdered and mistreated at the hands of law enforcement.

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    Care for the most vulnerable & building community capacity

    by SarahC, 3 months ago

    Community safety to me looks like community care for our most vulnerable residents.

    It looks like safe, stable housing for the homeless. It looks like removing police from schools and from community events. It looks like supports for crisis intervention, mental health, addictions. It looks like harm reduction and decriminalizing survival, e.g. sex work, loitering, panhandling, etc. It looks like defunding the police and redistributing that money to community-led initiatives. It looks like demilitarizing and disarming police. It looks like support for survivors of domestic abuse. It does not look like more police or more funding or more police presence... Continue reading

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    Safety starts at home

    by a_claire, 3 months ago

    Police are being asked to do hundreds of jobs that they are not trained to do in addition to their own. We need to let them focus on their actual jobs. Defunding the police and allocating those resources for the betterment of the community, will provide the support our community requires while still providing safety to our community. Additionally, the Ottawa Police frequently use un-marked cars and undercover cops to complete their jobs. Community safety is dependent on trust and the ability to find someone who will help protect you in a difficult situation. If the only time that you... Continue reading

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    I am scared of the police

    by nectarinebaby, 3 months ago

    No matter how you feel about it, the fact is that anybody who isn’t white, cisgender, heterosexual, able bodied, and mentally well is at higher risk of being attacked, killed, abused, or suicidal. Among those hurting us is the police force. I did not know, until I turned 16, that not everyone else gets scared to tears every time their parents are pulled over, because they are Muslim, Arab immigrants and may not survive. I didn’t know that if you’re the right “type”, police will actually come help you instead of insulting and harassing you after a crime. The very... Continue reading

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