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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.

Timeline

November 2021

"Break the Silence" FIPV awareness campaign launched.

October 2021

Seed Funding projects began such as the Disaggregated Workforce Assessment Tool.

September 2021

MHA Action Table collaborating on mental health co-design research project.

July 2021

Mental health and addictions advocacy campaign launched.

April 2021

  • Intimate partner violence unit established
  • Draft community engagement strategy developed.

March 2021

CSWB partners sign stakeholder agreement.

October 2020

CSWB Plan adopted by Regional Council.

Other information

Family Violence Action Table

Made up of 11 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 campaign focused on violence against women and gender-based violence. It's part of a multi-year strategy co-created with community partners to eliminate family and intimate partner violence in Peel.

Next steps

Funding was awarded to Family Services of Peel's work on an integrated data-gathering project that will assess community capacity and gaps for addressing family violence and violence against women in Peel. This project team is currently analyzing data with the goal of using findings to inform system improvements and shared advocacy efforts for the Family Violence Action Table.

Learn more about Family and Intimate Partner Violence.

Mental Health and Additions (MHA) Action Table

Made up 16 partners, the MHA Action Table includes mental health and addictions organizations, community agencies, youth-serving agencies, and police. Partners work to promote mental wellness and improve access to MHA services.

October 2021

Peel Regional Police and over 50 agencies, including the Region formed Peel's Situation Table (PST) to help identify individuals, families, groups, or places where there is a high likelihood of harm or victimization taking place. In 2021, the PST worked through 79 situations of elevated risk.

Top 5 risk factors identified in 2021 include:

  • Diagnosed mental health concern.
  • Antisocial or negative behaviour.
  • Housing.
  • Drug abuse.
  • Unemployment.

Situations brought to the PST in 2021 involving youth:

  • 24% involving 12 to 17 year olds
  • 14% involving 18 to 24 year olds

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.

February 2022

Funding was awarded to United Way of Greater Toronto to work collaboratively with community partners on a Peel specific evaluation framework and theory of change for the Situation Table. This will help determine what constitutes a meaningful and effective Situation Table for our community. 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

Made up of 11 partners, the Systemic Discrimination Action Table includes community organizations, local municipalities, school boards, police 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.

March 2022

Through the CSWB Plan seed funding opportunity, the Regional Diversity Roundtable and other partners launched a workforce census survey and toolkit to help organizations in Peel collect equity-related data on their workforce.

The Disaggregated Workforce Assessment Tool will support organizations in Peel to collect demographic data on their workforce and share information on the makeup of organizations in our community. This toolkit will be an asset for organizations in Peel on their journey towards advancing equity.

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.

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.

Access the following resources:

Stakeholder agreement

In February 2021, partners signed the stakeholder agreement  to demonstrate a commitment to the Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) Plan, which harnesses partners' collective and collaborative action to ensure Peel is a safe, inclusive and connected community where all residents thrive.

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.

Timeline

November 2021

"Break the Silence" FIPV awareness campaign launched.

October 2021

Seed Funding projects began such as the Disaggregated Workforce Assessment Tool.

September 2021

MHA Action Table collaborating on mental health co-design research project.

July 2021

Mental health and addictions advocacy campaign launched.

April 2021

  • Intimate partner violence unit established
  • Draft community engagement strategy developed.

March 2021

CSWB partners sign stakeholder agreement.

October 2020

CSWB Plan adopted by Regional Council.