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News release: October 22, 2020

Regional Council adopts Peel’s first Community Safety and Well-being Plan (2020-2024)

The Plan drives collective action towards creating a safe, inclusive and connected community where all residents thrive

Brampton, ON. (October 22, 2020)– Today, Regional Council unanimously adopted Peel’s first Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) Plan. Shaped with inputs from over 400 community members, including 25 organizations representing emergency services, school boards, health and social service providers and governments, the Plan provides a roadmap for making Peel a safer and more inclusive community.

Rooted in a shared direction, the initial 4-year Plan aims to tackle the areas of family violence, mental health and addictions, and systemic discrimination. The Plan focuses on the needs of youth and families. Working towards this shared direction is a critical step in achieving meaningful change. However, success will require long-term commitment, investment, focus and continued passion from plan partners, organizations and residents.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Community Safety and Well-being Plan. As our work shifts from planning to action, we must continue giving voice to community knowledge and experiences through a broad, inclusive effort so that, together, we will make a difference in building safe, equitable and connected communities across Peel,” said Nancy Polsinelli, Co-chair of the CSWB System Leadership Table and Commissioner of Health Services.

Earlier this year to support the CSWB Plan, Regional Council endorsed a motion for a community-developed plan to put more Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Teams on Peel streets. These teams partner a crisis worker from Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin with a specially trained Peel Regional Police officer to defuse and de-escalate 911 calls for mental health crises.

"Peel Regional Police has commenced the implementation of our Community Safety and Well-being plan as a framework for everything that we do. This Plan supports a safe and healthy society through a community-based approach to address the root causes of collective issues. The ultimate goal of the CSWB Plan is to achieve sustainable communities where there are coordinated efforts across systems to meet the needs of our communities. Collaboration at the highest level is essential to the success of the plan; it will allow us to prioritize and address developing safety and well-being issues as they arise. To sum it up, it's all about a safer community, together," said Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Co-chair of the CSWB System Leadership Table.

In the coming weeks, CSWB Plan partners will formally sign a commitment to drive the Plan forward. In November, a campaign will launch to raise awareness on family and intimate partner violence.

Through a variety of strategies including advocacy, communication, systems mapping, improved data collection, continued engagement and awareness, and cross-sector collaboration the Plan will create and sustain meaningful change.

To learn more about the Plan, visit peelregion.ca/community-safety-wellbeing-plan.

Quotes from CSWB Plan partners:

Michael Palleschi, Regional Councillor, City of Brampton
Member, Extended Leadership Table for Peel’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan

Johanna Downey, Regional Councillor, Town of Caledon
Member, Extended Leadership Table for Peel’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan

Pat Saito, Regional Councillor, City of Mississauga
Member, Extended Leadership Table for Peel’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan

Dr. Janet Morrison, President and Vice Chancellor, Sheridan College

Dr. Michael O’Leary, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Rav Bains, CEO of Peel Children’s Aid

David Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Peel Dufferin

Staff Sergeant Marcus Sanderson, Operations Manager, Caledon OPP

Sharon Mayne Devine, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Family Services Peel-Dufferin

Plan development participants:

  • Councillor Michael Palleschi, City of Brampton
  • Councillor Johanna Downey, Town of Caledon
  • Councillor Pat Saito, City of Mississauga
  • Caledon Community Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Peel Dufferin Branch
  • Catholic Family Services Peel Dufferin
  • Central West Local Health Integration Network
  • Child Development Institute
  • City of Brampton
  • City of Mississauga
  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • EveryMind Mental Health Services (formerly Peel Children's Centre)
  • Family Services of Peel
  • Indus Community Services
  • Malton Neighbourhood Services
  • Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
  • Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Caledon Detachment
  • Peel Children's Aid
  • Peel District School Board
  • Peel Regional Police
  • Region of Peel
  • The Regional Diversity Roundtable
  • The Salvation Army
  • Sheridan College
  • Town of Caledon
  • Trillium Health Partners
  • United Way Greater Toronto
  • United Way Black Community Advisory Committee
  • University of Toronto, Mississauga (UTM)
  • William Osler Health System

Media contact

Anas Ansari
Communications Specialist
Region of Peel
Tel: 416-846-1586

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.