Background

About London’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

The City of London is in the process of developing its Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan.

The Ontario government requires that all municipalities prepare and adopt a CSWB Plan by January 1, 2021 (Bill 175 - The Safer Ontario Act).

Each plan must be led by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from local government, police services, health/mental health, education, social services, and community and custodial services for children and youth.

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is a way to work together to address common objectives to ensure London is a safe, healthy and vibrant community.

The vision is to work together to achieve sustainable communities where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

Through Community Safety and Well-Being planning, the City of London, in collaboration with community partners and residents, hopes to enhance our collective ability to respond to issues and build on the many successful efforts that contribute to a strong sense of safety and well-being in our community.


Engagement

An important step in the process is obtaining community input to help build the plan.

Residents and stakeholders were invited to complete the survey and share their ideas about what makes a safe and healthy city.

Community groups, organizations and individuals engaged in the process online or in person to provide their input in the following ways:

1. Completed the survey

2. Facilitated a Community Conversation

3. Participated in the Community Open House


The survey is now closed.

Insights and ideas shared by the community will inform the content of the CSWB Plan and identify any potential gaps.

FAQs

  • An integrated approach to service delivery by working across a wide range of sectors, agencies and organizations to proactively develop and implement evidence-based strategies and programs to address local priorities related to crime and complex social issues on a sustainable basis.
  • The implementation of CSWB plans will mark a shift in focus from a reactive, response-based approach to incidents to a more proactive, holistic approach to community safety. The direct result of this shift will see a reduction in pressures on first responders, as the CSWB plan will focus on social development, prevention, risk intervention and incident response.
  • More detailed information is available in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Service’s CSWB framework.

The Safer Ontario Act, 2018, requires that Ontario’s single-tier and regional municipalities prepare and adopt a community safety and well-being plan. The City of London must prepare a draft Community Safety and Well-being Plan and seek Council approval before January 1, 2021.

London’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will enhance how we collaborate with community partners, strengthen relationships and look to strengthen how we collectively coordinate services on issues related to safety and well-being.

CSWB planning has a wide-range of positive impacts for local agencies/organizations and frontline service providers, as well as the broader community, including the general public. A few key benefits are highlighted below:

  • Enhanced communication and collaboration among sectors, agencies and organizations;
  • Transformation of service delivery, including realignment of resources and responsibilities to better respond to priorities and needs;
  • Increased understanding of and focus on local risks and vulnerable groups;
  • Ensuring the appropriate services are provided to those individuals with complex needs;
  • Increased awareness, coordination of and access to services for community members and vulnerable groups;
  • Healthier, more productive individuals that positively contribute to the community; and
  • Reducing the financial burden of crime on society through cost-effective approaches with significant return on investments.

The City is being guided by the Province’s Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Framework.

Timeline

Summer – Fall 2019: Identify Risk Factors

The Province defined risk factors as negative characteristics and/or conditions present in individuals, families, communities, or society that may increase social disorder, crime or fear of crime, or the likelihood of harm or victimization to persons or property in a community. We have used the Provincial Framework’s definition of risks, along with the Ministry’s list of risk and protective factors, to assist with the identification of risks and consulted with local stakeholder organizations to prioritize them.

January – February 2020: Engage the Community

Spring – Summer 2020: Develop the CSWB Plan

Fall 2020: Approve the CSWB Plan


The implementation of CSWB plans will mark a shift in focus from a reactive, response-based approach to incidents to a more proactive, holistic approach to community safety. The direct result of this shift will see a reduction in pressures on first responders, as the CSWB plan will focus on social development, prevention, risk intervention and incident response.

A CSWB plan must include the following core information:

  • Local priority risk factors that have been identified based on community consultations and multiple sources of data, such as Statistics Canada and local sector-specific data;
  • Evidence-based programs and strategies to address those priority risk factors; and
  • Measurable outcomes with associated performance measures to ensure that the strategies are effective and outcomes are being achieved.

The City of London has been designated to lead a collaborative planning process with an Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee brings various sectors’ perspectives together to provide strategic advice and direction to the municipality on the development and implementation of the CSWB Plan.

Advisory Committee Membership

Children’s Aid Society

City of London

Local Health Integrated Network

London Police Service

London Police Service Board

London District Catholic School Board

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Thames Valley District School Board

Western University



CSWB planning is being mandated to municipalities to ensure a proactive and integrated approach to address local crime and complex social issues on a sustainable basis. Municipalities will have a leadership role in identifying their local priority risks in the community and addressing these risks through evidence-based programs and strategies, focusing on social development, prevention and risk intervention.

It is important to remember that while the municipality is designated the lead of CSWB planning, developing and implementing a CSWB plan requires engagement from all sectors.

  • To achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.
  • Ensure London is better prepared for the ever-changing demands in our community.

CSWB planning supports a collaborative approach to addressing local priorities through the implementation of programs/strategies in four planning areas, including social development, prevention, risk intervention and incident response. By engaging in the CSWB planning process, communities will be able to save lives and prevent crime, victimization and suicide.

Further, by taking a holistic approach to CSWB planning it helps to ensure those in need of help receive the right response, at the right time, and by the right service provider. It will also help to improve interactions between police and vulnerable Londoners by enhancing frontline responses to those in crisis.

  • Insights and ideas shared by community members will inform the content of the plan and help identify any potential gaps.
  • Input will help build the strategies and actions for the plan.

Note: Any identifying information will be removed through the data analysis process. Individual responses will not be shared. Responses will be combined to report statistics and/or common themes.