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Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan

People and organizations are working together to tackle 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. Over the next 4 years, Peel's Community Safety and Well-being Plan (2020-2024) will help us address these challenges collectively.

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, education, health and social service providers and governments, came together to develop the Plan.

Focus areas

While the plan recognizes there are many topics that impact community safety and well-being, 3 areas of focus have been identified:

The Plan remains flexible to respond to emerging issues in the community that have been exacerbated through COVID-19.

Other information

Family Violence Action Table

Made up of 14 partners, the Family Violence Action Table includes community organizations, local municipalities, and police. Partners work collaboratively to build awareness and raise visibility to help identify cases in our community and enhance supports.

November 2020

To raise visibility, help identify and reduce cases of family and intimate partner violence in our community, Peel Region launched the first phase of a public awareness campaign. This campaign was co-led by the City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and community organizations.

November 2021

To continue raising awareness and help reduce cases of family and intimate partner violence in our community, Peel Region and community partners launched “Break The Silence” campaign. This campaign was created in collaboration with the City of Brampton, the City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Peel Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police and more than 10 community organizations. This year’s campaign is part of a multi-year strategy co-created with community partners to eliminate family and intimate partner violence in Peel.

Next steps

Funding will be awarded to Family Services of Peel to work with partners on an integrated data-gathering project that will assess community capacity for addressing family violence in Peel and how it relates to issues of equity, access, and diversity. This project will also identify existing gaps to inform system improvements and shared advocacy efforts.

Learn more about Family and Intimate Partner Violence.

Mental Health and Additions (MHA) Action Table

Made up of over 17 partners, the MHA Action Table includes community organizations, local municipalities, members of Regional Council and police. Partners work collaboratively to continue advocating for MHA funding and supports for residents. Peel residents need support which includes increasing funding from our Provincial partners to build capacity and quantity of accessible and available community-based mental health and addictions services. Without critical investments, many Peel residents will continue to suffer through long waitlists, lack of services and a system that simply cannot keep up with supply and demand.

October 2021

Over 40 agencies came together to form the Peel Situation Table to help identify individuals, families, groups, or places where there is a high likelihood of harm or victimization taking place. The Table will provide access to support and work to reduce the instances of harm and victimization.

For collaboration opportunities or more information, contact:

July 2021 and ongoing

To bring attention to the mental health and addictions challenges our community is facing, Peel Region launched a social media campaign in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and EveryMind. This campaign is part of a renewed advocacy strategy endorsed by Peel Regional Council on June 25, 2020, calling on our provincial partners to implement a funding formula that will address the historic inequities impacting mental health and addiction services in Peel.

November 2021

The MHA Action Table is collaborating with the Family and Child Health Initiative at Trillium Health Partners on a participatory arts-based research project working with young adults, family, caregivers, and service providers. Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, this project focuses on codesigning improvements to mental health care with young adults, their family/friend carers and service providers in diverse communities in Peel. This 2-year project was recently launched and is led by Liz Mansfield and the team includes Dianne Fierheller, Chelsea D’Silva, Nuzha Hafleen and Ian Zenlea.

Next steps

Funding will be awarded to United Way of Greater Toronto to work collaboratively with community partners on identifying improvements to Peel’s situation table model and defining success to support development of a Peel specific evaluation framework. Since the Situation Table was launched in early 2021 a large proportion of cases have been among youth and young adults.

Systemic Discrimination Action Table

Comprised of over 17 partners, the Systemic Discrimination Action Table includes community organizations, local municipalities, school boards and more. Partners work collaboratively to raise awareness of systemic discrimination, share anti-discrimination practices within their organizations, and work to address inequality in our community.

September 2021

As a first step, Peel Region publicly released an anti-racism and systemic discrimination statement recognizing the impact of historical and ongoing racism and systemic discrimination in our communities. The purpose of this statement is to accept responsibility to expose and oppose racism and dismantle the institutional systems that perpetuate social inequities.

Ongoing

To advance equity in the workplace, members of the Systemic Discrimination Action Table continue to share resources including their equity plans, toolkits, training programs and learnings that other members can adapt for their organizations.

Next steps

Funding will be awarded to Peel Regional Diversity Roundtable to work with partners to develop a toolkit and resources for community agencies to collect workforce census data, support disaggregated data collection and set benchmarks for addressing equity in their organizations including on the representation of staff to better reflect the diversity of the Peel community.

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.

Community consultation

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.

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Background

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.