Windsor-Essex Seeks Diverse Voices for Community Safety and Well-Being Plan with New Survey and Public Meetings
Residents of Windsor-Essex will have the opportunity to shape the first regional Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan by participating in a community survey and virtual public meetings in February and March 2021. The purpose of the consultation is to gather input from local residents on their priorities and concerns across a number of topics, including financial security, mental and physical health, education, crime, housing, and other factors that impact their community’s safety and well-being.
This engagement is part of a larger effort to develop the region’s first plan of this kind, with the goal of creating a community where everyone feels safe; has a sense of belonging, access to services and opportunities; and can have their needs met across Windsor-Essex. Similar plans are being developed by regional and municipal governments across Ontario as mandated by the provincial government in 2018 through amendments to the Police Services Act, 1990 and the Safer Ontario Act, 2018.
Building on a foundation of regional collaboration and recognizing that safety and well-being are shared responsibilities of all community members, all levels of government and all sectors, municipal leaders in Windsor-Essex have come together to create a regionally focused plan that aligns with the best interests of residents and reflects the unique needs of each of the eight municipalities. To accomplish this task, the project team has engaged committees and organizations that work alongside diverse and historically underrepresented communities as well as a wide range of multi-sectoral partners from across the region that includes senior municipal staff, local police services, healthcare and mental healthcare providers, education leaders, community/social services providers, and children and youth services providers.
The public survey is now open for members of the public to provide their input. The survey is available at CSWBWindsorEssex.ca in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic and is open until Monday, March 15, 2021.
Residents are also encouraged to attend one of the virtual public meetings being held across the region. Meetings will take place over Zoom on the following dates:
City of Windsor Consultation 1 – Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Town of Amherstburg – Thursday, February 25, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Town of Tecumseh – Saturday, February 27, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Town of LaSalle – Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Municipality of Lakeshore – Thursday March 4, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
City of Windsor Consultation 2 – Saturday March 6, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Town of Essex – Monday, March 8, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Town of Kingsville – Wednesday March 10, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Municipality of Leamington – Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
For more information on the Windsor-Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and public consultations and to register for the virtual public meeting in your community, visit our Community Safety and Well-Being page at CSWBWindsorEssex.ca or contact 311.