The City is taking a bold and different approach to advancing community safety by working collaboratively across sectors, communities and governments. It will work to bring about a safe Toronto that promotes and celebrates the well-being and resilience of all residents by:
SafeTO will drive 26 priority actions across seven strategic goals: reduce vulnerability; reduce violence; advance truth and reconciliation; promote healing and justice; invest in people; invest in neighbourhoods, and drive collaboration and accountability. It provides a roadmap for how the City and social systems that serve Torontonians, such as community services, healthcare systems, education systems, justice systems, police and businesses, can work collaboratively across different sectors and across governments to support community safety and well-being. An implementation plan will be presented to City Council in December 2021.
The Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019, S.O. 2019, c. 1, Sched. 1 Part XVI mandates every municipality across Ontario to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-being Plan by July 2021.
Municipalities will form a multi-sectoral advisory committee comprised of representation from the police service board and other local service providers in health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services.
The Municipality will consult the advisory committee, affected communities and those that serve them on the prioritization of risk factors and to identify strategies to address them.
The Municipality will use relevant data to identify and prioritize risk factors that contribute to crime, victimization and community safety and well-being; and will set out measurable outcomes that the strategies are intended to produce
Police Service Boards will implement business plans that align with and further the goals of the Municipality’s CSWB Plan.
The Municipality will report on and publish the CSWB plan.
The plan will be revised within a four-year time frame.
Our work leverages the Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Framework developed by the Ministry of Solicitor General in partnership with a broad range of sectors including the City. The Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Framework includes:
The following areas have emerged from staff review of existing engagement and consultation data and reflect key principles in our approach to the SafeTO work – build on the existing community and institutional wisdom. It is important to note that, all of the prioritized challenges are interrelated and that there will be overlap in how the City responds to these areas.
Below is a list of the SafeTO goals and priority actions. You can also download a PDF version.
Reduce harm and victimization through proactive mental health and vulnerability support strategies, life stabilization, community-led crisis support models, and collaborative risk-driven approaches.
1.1 Enhance Multi-Sector Mental Health and Vulnerability Supports
1.2 Implement Life Stabilization and Service Navigation Supports
1.3 Embed the Community Crisis Support Service as a Well-Resourced, First-Response Service
1.4 Strengthen, Align and Expand Capacity of Collaborative Risk-Driven Approaches to Reduce Risk of Harm and Victimization
1.5 Advance Strategies, Programs and Services that Reduce Harm Related to Substance Use
Implement dedicated strategies to prevent and reduce gun violence, interpersonal violence, gender-based and intimate partner violence through strategic and timely coordinated efforts across communities and systems with a focus on violence prevention, intervention, interruption, response and recovery.
2.1 Develop a Comprehensive Multi-sector Gun Violence Reduction Plan
2.2 Develop a Comprehensive Gender-Based and Intimate-Partner Violence Reduction Strategy
2.3 Strengthen Community Crisis Response Protocols to Better Support Victims and Communities Impacted by Violence
Advance actions and recommendations in the Path to Reconciliation report that improve community safety and well-being for Indigenous Peoples and advance Indigenous-led community safety and well-being priorities.
3.1 Advance Indigenous-led community safety and well-being priorities
3.2 Develop an implementation plan to guide the City’s response to the calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
3.3 Strengthen Meaningful Engagement with Indigenous Organizations and Communities by Leveraging Lessons Learned on Relationship Building
Transform the City to embed trauma-informed, responsive and specific services, approaches and tools that are grounded and directed by a thorough understanding of the complete impacts of trauma, adversity, racism and violence on people, families and neighbourhoods.
4.1 Become a Trauma-Informed and Responsive City
4.2 Embed Anti-Racism and Human Rights-Based Approaches into Policy Development and Service Planning across all City Divisions, Agencies and Corporations
4.3 Strengthen Access to Community Justice by Prioritizing Culturally-Responsive Reintegration and Restorative Practices, including Justice Centres
Strengthen Support for families, children, youth and adults through investment, skill development and increased access to services and opportunities.
5.1 Engage Residents and Build Community Capacity to Lead
5.2 Enhance Programs and Services that Promote Child and Family Development and Well-Being
5.3 Invest in Youth Outcomes to Ensure Equitable, Positive Youth Development
5.4 Increase Equitable Access to Supports for Seniors
Develop responsive and accountable place-based approaches to address the social, cultural, physical and economic environments that impact neighbourhoods and public spaces.
6.1 Embed Transparent and Accountable Monitoring and Reporting Practices into Integrated Place-Based Planning
6.2 Add more Safe and Culturally-Accessible Community Spaces and Advance Indigenous Place-Making
6.3 Implement Place-Based Economic Empowerment and Development Approaches
6.4 Enhance Local Cultural Development
Reimagine core elements of community safety and wellbeing to build the necessary structure to use multi-sector data, evidence and lived experience to respond to immediate needs, enhance collaboration, inform service planning, advance policing and law enforcement reform, and integrate investments.
7.1 Develop a Comprehensive Strategy to Share, Integrate and Analyze Data Across Multiple Institutions for the Purpose of Informing Real-Time Policy Development and Service Planning
7.2 Advance Policing and Law Enforcement Reform
7.3 Strengthen Multi-Sector Collaboration through Partnership and Integrated Investments
7.4 Develop and Implement Robust Communication Approaches to Advance SafeTO Goals
From November 2020 to April 2021, City staff engaged in an extensive community consultation process. Engagement included population-specific, issue-specific, and geographic-based consultations as well as internal discussions with 18 City divisions, agencies and corporations.
Community consultations were targeted to stakeholders providing services related to or directly experiencing challenges related to community safety and well-being. This was complemented by engagement with subject matter experts, residents and community thought-leaders. In total, more than 2,500 stakeholders were engaged, with written submissions also accepted.
A public survey was available from March 1 to 15, 2021 that received an additional 1,500 responses. A summary of the SafeTO consultation findings is available online.