Have your say in the development of a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for Hamilton

This article, from March 28, contains details about how you can provide feedback to help inform the development of a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton is continuing to engage with residents around the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, looking for honest input on Hamiltonians’ needs for education, healthcare, and housing, among other topics of interest.

For more details, please continue reading below…

A Community Safety and Well-Being Plan aims to ensure all residents in Hamilton feel safe, has a sense of belonging and can meet their needs for education, healthcare, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will prioritize six challenges facing the community: mental health and stigma, housing and homelessness, hate incidents, violence, substance use, and access to income.

Engagement will focus on gathering more detailed feedback from community members and multi-sector service providers to inform creative, meaningful solutions to the complex challenges facing Hamilton.

Ways to participate in the survey (Courtesy of the City of Hamilton)

There will be additional opportunities and channels for community members and service providers to provide feedback throughout the development and implementation of Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

It has long been recognized that the conditions in which people are born, live, grow, and age significantly impact the overall safety and well-being of individuals and community. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated long-standing systemic health, social and economic issues and has reinforced the importance of a holistic and proactive approach to building resilient communities.

The development of a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is an opportunity to examine the root causes of complex challenges facing Hamilton and find new ways to integrate and balance services and supports in the community.

A collective shift in focus from a reactive crisis response-based approach to incidents in the community to an upstream, holistic approach to community development will be a critical to Hamilton’s health, social, and economic recovery.

You can participate in the Community Safety and Well-Being survey by clicking here, or by calling (905) 546-2424 ext. 3526 to answer survey questions until April 30, 2021.

Quick Facts

  • The planning process seeks to achieve a proactive, more balanced and collaborative approach to community safety and well-being across four key areas: social development, prevention, risk intervention, and incident response.
  • The Hamilton Community Safety and Well-Being planning process will take strengths-based approach to compliment and enhance, not duplicate, existing City and community work underway. 
  • Under the Province’s Safer Ontario Act, 2018 municipalities are required to develop a Community Safety & Well-being Plan using the provincial government’s Community Safety and Well-Being Framework by July 1, 2021.

Questions or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Ward 8 office here.