Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) in Simcoe County
Community Safety and Well-Being is the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, social and cultural expression.
CSWB Plans are Provincially mandated under Bill 175, Safer Ontario Act, 2018. Bill 175 required all municipalities to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for their local municipality.
How will these plans help residents and communities?
Through the engagement with communities, local partners identified the benefits they are seeing, or expect to see, because of this work. The following benefits are wide-ranging, and impact individuals, the broader community, participating partner agencies, and organizations:
- enhanced communication and collaboration among sectors, agencies, and organizations
- stronger families and improved opportunities for healthy child development
- healthier, more productive individuals that positively contribute to the community
- increased understanding of and focus on priority risks, vulnerable groups, and neighbourhoods
- transformation of service delivery, including realignment of resources and responsibilities to better respond to priority risks and needs
- increased engagement of community groups, residents and the private sector in local initiatives and networks
- enhanced feelings of safety and being cared for, creating an environment that will encourage newcomers to the community
- increased awareness, coordination of and access to services for community members and vulnerable
- more effective, seamless service delivery for individuals with complex needs
- new opportunities to share multi-sectoral data and evidence to better understand the community through identifying trends, gaps, priorities, and successes
- reduced investment in and reliance on incident response.
Identified Areas of Risks for Simcoe County
Through extensive review of available data and community consultation, eight areas of risk were identified. These are Mental Health and Addictions, Education, Income, Employment, Social Connection, Access to Services, and Housing. Each plan in the County is committed to working on their top 3 to 4 areas of risk.
We want to thank the following municipal partners for their commitment to building these plans:
- Township of Adjala-Tosorontio
- Town of Bradford West-Gwillimbury
- Township of Clearview
- Town of Collingwood
- Township of Essa
- Town of Innisfil
- Town of Midland
- Town of New Tecumseth
- City of Orillia
- Township of Oro-Medonte
- Town of Penetanguishene
- Township of Ramara
- Township of Severn
- Township of Springwater
- Township of Tay
- Township of Tiny
- Town of Wasaga Beach
Ways to Participate
It is critical to engage local community residents and supporting organizations in the implementation of these plans. We will continue to consult throughout the life of the plan, and are always looking for participation in our local tables or consultation.
Thank you for your interest in CSWB.
For further information on CSWB Planning across the County of Simcoe, please contact:
Rob Heffernan, CEMC
Manager, 911 & Emergency Planning (A)
County of Simcoe, Emergency Management
1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario L9X 1N6
Phone: 705-726-9300, Ext. 1071
For information about one of the communities listed as partners, please click on their respective CSWB Plan