Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan
People and organizations are working together to tackle the issues of family violence, mental health and addictions, and systemic discrimination
Together, we'll make a difference
Peel families and youth struggle to thrive due to family violence, mental health and addictions issues and systemic discrimination. On October 22, 2020 Regional Council adopted Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan (2020-2014).
- Vision: Peel is a safe, inclusive and connected community where all residents thrive.
- Mission: We will work together to ensure access to services and supports that advance safety, connectedness and well-being for all Peel residents.
About the plan
Peel's Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) Plan sets out how partners across different sectors can work together to make Peel a safer, more inclusive and connected community where all residents thrive.
Over 25 organizations, representing emergency services, school boards, health and social service providers and governments, came together over the past 2 years to develop the Plan.
It will build a sustainable community where people and families can meet their needs for:
- health care
- social and cultural expression
While the plan recognizes there are many topics that impact community safety and well-being, 3 areas of focus have been identified:
- family violence
- mental health and addictions
- systemic discrimination
Finding the right balance of long-term thinking and short-term action, goals and strategies were developed collaboratively for each area of focus.
Goal: Create and strengthen Peel's pathways to safety
Goal: Increase awareness and public education of family violence
Goal: Promote mental wellness and positive relationships among youth and families
Goal: Improve access to mental health and addictions services and supports for youth by simplifying pathways and coordinating efforts
Goal: Publicly review, develop and sustain anti-oppressive and equity practices and policies in Peel
Goal: Implement effective data gathering and reporting practices in order to assess impact and respond to inequities as they emerge
Get more details about the Plan and how it was developed. Access the CSWB Plan summary.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted our community. It has resulted in closures, job loss, increased anxiety, uncertainty, and drastic changes to how we live our daily lives.
Our community partner, CMHA Peel-Dufferin estimates a 52% increase in the number of crisis calls. The demand for service was already high, the pandemic has only highlighted how urgent the need is.
Only 1 in 3 Peel residents receive the treatment they need. We know there will be significant long-term impacts on mental wellbeing particularly in children and youth. This will need to be considered as we move into recovery.
Key priorities of the Community Safety and Well-being Plan are to look at the challenges of family violence, mental health and addictions and systemic discrimination which have only been intensified during COVID-19. That's why the Plan has readjusted some of the work to an immediate response to address such issues.
While Peel Regional Council is responsible for preparing and adopting the Plan, it's being developed, with, by and for the community. Over 400 individuals and 25 organizations shared their voices and experiences to inform the development of the CSWB Plan over a 2-year period.
We can't police our way out of what are ultimately social, not criminal, problems. Poor social conditions that are at the root of poor outcomes must be improved if any positive change is to be sustained. Partners in government, health, social, policing and justice services, recognized early on the need to work together and focus both on prevention and intervention in a balance approach.
Peel's CSWB plan will be reviewed annually and updated every 4 years.
Ensuring the community's voice and experiences are reflected in the Plan is a priority. Over 400 people were engaged, including those from 219 service providers and organizations, through:
- 40 interviews
- 13 youth consultations
- 12 family consultations
- 22 service provider consultations
- Action tables and working groups
Participants were also asked to share their stories in whatever format they wished. The stories were insightful, passionate and profound.
Access the following resources:
Plan development participants
As legislated under the Police Services Act, 1990 and in the new Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019, once in force, municipalities must prepare and adopt a plan.
The plan is guided by the Ministry of the Solicitor General's Community Safety and Well-being Planning Framework, which defines community safety and well-being as the ideal state of a sustainable community 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.