Windsor Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
The City of Windsor and the municipalities of the County of Essex, in partnership with agencies and organizations from many sectors, are developing a plan to support the safety and well-being of communities within Windsor and Essex County.
A regional community safety and well-being (CSWB) plan is being created that seeks to understand, respect and support the community contexts of each partner municipality. Community safety and well-being plans recognize that complex social issues cannot be addressed in isolation or solely on an incident response basis. Instead, CSWB planning strives, through collaboration and consultation, to leverage existing strengths, resources and best practices to establish proactive approaches to counter identified local risks.
Ultimately, the goal of the plan is to create a community where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, has access to services and opportunities, and can have their needs met across Windsor and the County of Essex..
The Community Safety and Well-Being Plan has a range of benefits for local agencies, organizations, frontline service providers and residents, including:
- Enhanced communication and collaboration among agencies and organizations
- Increased understanding of local risks and vulnerable groups
- Ensuring services are provided to individuals with complex needs
- Increased awareness, coordination and access to services for community members and vulnerable groups
As of January 1, 2019, The Safer Ontario Act, 2018 requires municipalities to prepare and adopt community safety and well-being plans in partnership with a multi-sectoral advisory committee. The City of Windsor and the County of Essex must prepare a draft CSWB plan and seek approval from their respective councils. The report must be submitted and endorsed by City and County Councils by December 31, 2021.
The Windsor Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will identify and prioritize local risk factors within each partner municipality and strive to enhance collaboration across multiple sectors by strengthening how our communities collectively coordinate services on issues related to safety and well-being.
Who is guiding the work?
Guiding plan development are the Regional CSWB Systems Leadership Table, which is made up of executive leaders from across multiple sectors, and the Enhanced Sector Network (ESN), which comprises community organizations and committees that work alongside individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Together, the Regional CSWB Systems Leadership Table and the Enhanced Sector Network will assist project teams in delivering a plan to the councils of the City of Windsor and County of Essex that aligns with the best interests of residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities.
Regional CSWB Systems Leadership Table
Over 25 partners from across nine sectors, all of whom either have a mandate for or an interest in community safety and well-being, have come together to form the Regional CSWB Systems Leadership Table. Members of the leadership table are uniquely positioned to help guide the development and implementation of sector and cross-sector recommendations. See full membership list by sector.
Enhanced Sector Network Groups
The Enhanced Sector Network (ESN) was created to ensure that diverse voices from historically underrepresented communities were heard, and their priorities are woven throughout the planning process. In this regard, the ESN will review the data results from the public consultation and establish a list of strategic priorities the CSWB plan will pursue. The ESN consists of eight (8) groups, each made up of representatives from existing committees and community organizations. Each group coincides with a community that historically has been underrepresented in community safety and well-being planning.
The eight groups are as follows:
- Indigenous Communities
- Racialized Persons
- Accessibility Communities
ESN members are involved in contextualizing current regional and community data related to community safety and well-being and are involved in a process of risk prioritization. See list of committees and community organizations that are involved in the Enhanced Sector Network.