Community Safety and Well-Being
About the Project
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 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, equitable access to services and opportunities; and can have their needs met across Windsor and Essex County.
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 Jan. 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. In response to the pandemic, new legislation under the Coronavirus Support and Protection Act, 2020 has extended the deadline for plan completion and adoption to a date yet to be determined.
Windsor and Essex County’s 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 leading the work?
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 and develop a CSWB plan for Windsor and Essex County.
Regional CSWB Systems Leadership Table
- Jelena Payne, Commissioner of Community Development and Health Services - City of Windsor
- Rob Maisonville, Chief Administrative Officer - County of Essex
- Chief Pamela Mizuno, Chief of Police - Windsor Police Services
(Subject to change)
- County Fire Chiefs Representative
- Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County
- Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre
- City of Windsor
- County of Essex
- Erie Shores Healthcare
- Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network
- Essex Windsor EMS
- Family Services Windsor Essex
- Greater Essex County District School Board
- Hôtel-Dieu Grace Health Care
- LaSalle Police
- Municipal CAO Representatives
- Ontario Provincial Police
- South Essex Community Council
- Southwest Detention Centre
- Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
- St. Clair College
- University of Windsor
- Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board
- Windsor Essex Children’s Aid Society
- Windsor Essex Community Health Centre
- Windsor Essex County Health Unit
- Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Windsor Fire and Rescue Services
- Windsor Police Service
- Windsor Fire and Rescue Services
- Workforce Windsor Essex
- Youth Justice Division