Community Safety and Well Being Plan
“To achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, access to services and where individuals can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression”
Four Areas of Focus
The Ontario Government has mandated that each Ontario community update and formalize local plans of action that address a number of important issues that determine the character of a community that CARES.
December 8/2020 – Melanie Verreault of Trimeda Consulting Presents the latest Community Safety and Well Being Plan for the City of Timmins to council and administration.
Reimagining our City: Vision of a Healthier and Safer Timmins for All
Community Safety and Well-Being Plan: Interim Report
Overview of Ontario’s Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Shared Vision
In 2018, the Safer Ontario Act, 2018 mandated that all municipalities prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. The Police Services Act, 2019 provides some direction on CSWB planning, while respecting the individual and unique approach to community safety and well-being planning.
The CSWB planning framework developed by the Province, will help to “guide municipalities, First Nations communities and their partners as they develop their local plans” (Ibid). Essentially, it is about moving away from siloed, reactionary measures and towards upstream, multi-sector collaborative initiatives. The Provincial Framework outlines four (4) areas of focus that respond and align to making communities safer and healthier:
A City’s initial CSWB Plan is a “community impact, long-term tool “to achieve sustainable communities where everyone is 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”” (2019, https://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca).
Data Compilation and Analysis: A Holistic View
In the interest of being effective, efficient, and holistic, both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods were utilized to compile data for the City’s first CSWB Plan. Collection points include the following:
Part 2 Reimagining our City: Vision of a Healthier and Safer Timmins for All
Community Safety and Well-Being Plan: Interim Report
Community Engagement Process
The engagement process provided an opportunity for community stakeholders to share input so as to guarantee that the City’s first CSWB Plan responds to and aligns with the needs of Timmins residents.
From December 2019 to July 2020:
In sum, the compilation and analysis of data from the preceding methods clearly confirm the intricacy, complexity, and connection between current issues. Furthermore, the data reinforces the fact that community safety and well-being issues are shared responsibilities among all citizens residing in the City of Timmins and thus require an accountable, integrated, and collaborative approach not only to tackle root causes via immediate and relevant actions but also focus on long-term and upstream best practices.
The recommended four (4) strategic priorities for the City of Timmins first CSWB Plan will address the most urgent root causes of safety and well-being as noted by the respondents to our engagement activities as well as other key data compilation and analysis methods. It is strongly believed that by realizing these four (4) strategic priorities, other “on the radar” aspects of community safety and well-being in the City of Timmins will benefit.
Reimagining our City: Vision of a Healthier, Safer and a CARING Timmins for All
No one wants to live in a city where they don’t feel safe, or they don’t feel a sense of belonging. To achieve that goal, we all need to work together. The Community Safety and Well Being Plan is a CARING, inclusive road-map for all community members.
Thank you to the incredible number of CARING residents who helped to shape the City of Timmins first CSWB plan and focus on key issues.
- More than 800 people answered our survey
From December 2019 to July 2020, forty (40) engagement sessions were completed. More specifically, engagement sessions permitted the opportunity to hear from:
- 512 personnel members (37 community service organizations) ranging from frontline to management staff, Board members, and volunteers.
- 25 youth from 1 French and 1 English local high school (ranging from grades 9-12, in mainstream and various pathways programs).
- 14 Seniors from 2 local Seniors’ Residences.
- 20 resident interviews (face-to-face or via telephone), that is, local residents with lived experience. (Residents include individuals who identify as White, Indigenous, living with addictions and mental health, living in poverty, without housing, francophones, 2SLGBTQ+, seniors, immigrants, women, and youth).
Current Initiatives and Partners that Align with CSWB
Community partners and various groups from across our amazing city have already been working collaboratively on bettering CSWB in our community. Some of these initiatives include the folowing:
- Age-Friendly Advisory Committee
- Bee City Committee
- Cochrane District Mental Health and Addictions Planning Table
- Community Mobilization committee (Situation Table) and Steering Committee
- Crown Ward Education Committee
- Équipe communautaire d’évaluation des menaces
- FACT – FASD Awareness Cochrane Timmins Coalition
- First Nations Health Care Transformation
- Healthy Child Coalition
- High Risk Offenders and Domestic Violence Committee
- Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (Local, Regional, Provincial)
- Justice System Services Committees
- Mobile Crisis Rapid Response
- Moving on MH
- Needs Based Planning for Mental Health Services
- NE Region Local Aboriginal Health Committee
- Pride Timmins Committee
- Regional Mental Health and Addictions Council
- Timmins and Area Drug Strategy (TADS) and Steering Committee
- Timmins and Area Victims Services Board
- Timmins Executive Directors’ Group
- Timmins Police and Local High School Principals Committee
- Timmins Family Violence Interagency Action Committee
- Timmins Recreation Trail Committee
What are the next steps?
Throughout 2021 and 2022, Action Tables (working groups) will further develop and address the CSWB Plan’s key strategic priorities.
CARING Community Policing
In late November 2020, Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier and Inspectors Rick Blanchette and Darin Dinel joined the Timmins Chamber of Commerce members and the media via Zoom for a comprehensive look at what Timmins Police are doing to address an escalation of crime as well as the TPS role in confronting homelessness. This 27 minute video includes the highlights from that discussion.