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City Launches Community Engagement on Safety and Well Being


The City is in the process of developing its Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) plan, as required by recent legislative amendments and we want to hear from residents.

A vital step in this process is to obtain community input to help build the strategies and actions for the plan. Community groups, organizations and individuals are encouraged to participate and share their feedback. Residents can attend the Open House on January 29 between 4 and 7 p.m. at Goodwill Industries, complete an online survey on getinvolved.london.ca/cswb, participate in one of several community conversations being hosted by local agencies or engage through pop up sessions that will occur across the city. The engagement will run from January 13 to February 14.

“We look forward to hearing what matters most to Londoners to help shape our first CSWB plan,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “This is just the beginning of this important, ongoing process. “The plan is a way to work together to address common objectives to ensure London is a safe, healthy and vibrant community and help us better prepare for the ever changing needs and demands of our city.” 

The goal of CSWB planning is to work together to achieve sustainable communities where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression. The CSWB plan will identify local priority risk factors, evidence-based programs and strategies to address the priority risk factors, as well as measurable outcomes.

“Ultimately this is an opportunity to take a strategic approach and enhance the way local organizations collaborate to deliver services to the people who need them, when they need them, in the most efficient way,” says Dave O’Brien, Division Manager of Corporate Security and Emergency Management.

The City of London has been designated to lead a collaborative planning process with an advisory committee with representatives from local government, police services, health/mental health, education, social services, and community and custodial services for children and youth. The advisory committee brings various sectors’ perspectives together to provide strategic advice and direction to support the development and implementation of the plan.