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Toronto is home to more than a 2.9 million people. This great city is Canada’s most significant
Economic engine and one of the most livable. The City has a bold, new approach to community
safety. It is working with all sectors, communities, and government agencies.
The definition of community safety should be expanded beyond crime and policing to include
● Redefining trauma and strengthening the ability of the City to learn from it and respond
● We can be more proactive and able to take action earlier.
● Innovating mechanisms to integrate multi-sector data in decision-making and investment
● Implementing a multisectoral governance structure that brings together our critical
partners in collaborative leadership.
● A commitment to a long-term vision of safety and wellbeing in the community and a
comprehensive plan to achieve it.
Safe TO will promote 26 priority actions to achieve seven strategic goals. These include:
● reduce vulnerability
● fall violence
● development truth
● help healing
● invest and provision people
● Capitalize in societies.
It serves as a guideline to help the City and all social services that Torontonians use,
including community services, schools, justice, police, and healthcare, work together
across government and sectors to promote safety and wellbeing. The City Council will
receive an implementation plan in December 2021.
Community safety & policing act
The advisory committee, communities affected, and others who serve them will be included in
the process of prioritizing risk factors and identifying strategies to address them.
Alignment to the Police Service Board
Police Service Boards are responsible for implementing business plans that support and align
with the goals of the CSWB Plan.
Publish Completed Plan
The Metropolis will make a description and broadcast the CSWB Plan.
Municipal Security and Well-Being Development Outline
Our work uses the Public Care and Well-Being Preparation Framework shaped by the Ministry
of Solicitor General with associates from a extensive variety of trades, including the City.
Societal Growth (Upstream).
Social development is a multi-disciplinary effort and investment that goes beyond the immediate
needs of the individual. It also requires investments and long-term, multi-disciplinary work to
improve the social determinants and health of the individual and reduce the likelihood of
victimization and harm. Social development is best if it is done responsibly.
Prevention is the proactive implementation of evidence-based policy and program measures to
reduce local priorities risks to community safety, wellbeing, and security before leading to
crime, victimization, and harm.
There are many chances to absorb from precautionary exertions. This can be an excellent
resource for strategic investments in social and economic development.
Risk Intervention (Downstream)
Risk intervention collaborates with multiple sectors to stop escalating situations that pose an
increased risk of harm.
The lessons learned from mobilizing risk intervention will inform the way strategies and
investments are made in the prevention and social-development areas.
Rapid and reactive responses to safety or crime can include urgency.
This area is too small to be a source of community safety and wellbeing.
Following a staff review of the existing engagement and consultation data, the following areas
emerged. These areas reflect critical principles in the Safe TO work approach: build on the
existing institutional and community wisdom. It is essential that all the priority challenges are
interrelated and that the City will respond to them in different ways.
Prioritized #1 Challenge – Community Trauma
● The most vulnerable are those who live in areas with high levels of inequality and
violence. Untreated trauma can cause physical, psychological, and emotional harm,
adversely affecting safety, wellbeing, and community health. Primary trauma contributors
are systemic racism, inequity, and injustice.
● It is becoming increasingly clear that trauma, multi-generational or intergenerational,
racial trauma, as well as early trauma from adverse childhood experiences, can lead to
long-term harm, poor health outcomes, violence, and in some cases, perpetuation.
● Community consultations highlighted the need for the City’s priority in addressing
trauma. Recognizing trauma is a contributing cause and directly addressing its impact
on individuals and communities using culturally responsive methods can facilitate
healing from trauma’s manifestations and consequences.
● Trauma to the inter-generational or multi-generational resulting from historic harms
sustained by Indigenous peoples is often not recognized or treated. This can lead to
further traumatization if there is a negative interaction with government systems.
● Toronto has suffered numerous attacks, including the Yonge Street van assault and the
Danforth gunshot, which caused mass casualties. Additionally, specific communities are
more likely to be exposed to violence or experience adverse events in their communities.
These events can compound to traumatize entire communities and individuals.
● Initial statistics from the Work place of the Chief Conorer for Ontario shows 521
demises owing to opioid poisoning in Toronto in 2020. This is an upsurge of 78 percent
from 2019 and increase of 280 percent from 2015. Since the COVID-19 crisis, there has
been a significant increase in drug-related fatalities. Substance abuse often is triggered by
trauma. This has had devastating consequences for the loved ones of the victims and
those who worked with them.
Prioritized trial #2 – Communal Viciousness
● Toronto Board of Health has stated municipal fierceness a public fitness concern in 2019.
● Not only are individuals affected by gun violence in their communities, but also
● There has been a call to assemble strategic short-term and long-term movements in
direction and with multisectoral allies, community bests and peoples, to disturb the abrupt
risk of fierceness in the community and continue salaried to it will avoid it.
● There have been 119 shootings in Toronto as of May 19, 2021, resulting in 46 deaths and
● Toronto is seeing an increase in incidents of intimate partner violence, including gender-
based violence, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prioritized #3 – Harm reduction and victimization
● A risk factor for complex conditions that could pose a danger to safety in the community
is being subjected to immediate and long-term harms of repeated victimization.
Substance use, hate crimes, and substance abuse are all possible risk factors. These harms
can continue to be a problem for the social determinants that affect health and increase
the risk of injustice-deserving communities.
● Promoting policies and programs to reduce victimization and harm and further
understanding vulnerability will ensure that individuals and communities have the
resources and support they need. This includes victim/witness, psychological-social, and
other supports that can promote community healing.
● Vulnerability can include cases of acquired brain injuries or developmental disabilities.
● Toronto saw an increase in hate-related incidents by 51 percent between 2020 and 2021.
The community has made explicit demands for the City of Toronto to prioritize efforts to
address inequity and racism.
● Calls for mental health to the police are at an average of 85 per day. 76% of all FOCUS
Toronto cases respond to mental illness.
● Other concerns include acquired and traumatic brain injuries, which are common among
people who experience homelessness. In 2008, a study showed that 53 percent of
Toronto’s homeless had experienced at least one traumatizing brain injury.
● Toronto Paramedic Services attended to 3861 suspected overdose calls in 2020. This
includes 268 cases involving death. This is an increase of 90 percent in the number of
suspected overdose deaths that Toronto Paramedic Services has attended. This is due to
drug-related overdoses, death, and criminalization of those who use drugs.
Prioritized #4 Challenge – Injustice
● Relying solely on the enforcement lens perpetuates the exclusion of Indigenous, Black,
and other justice-deserving groups from the criminal justice system. It isn’t easy to apply
a community justice lens consistently in approaches that address root causes of
community safety, wellbeing.
● Restorative justice is a method of justice that focuses on addressing the harm done by
crime while also holding the offender accountable.
● Reintegration is the support provided to offenders after their release from prison. It may
include restorative justice, treatment, and any other community-based services or
● Community members call for culturally responsive restorative and reintegration practices
that reflect the cultural identity and traditional as forms of intervention in their
● Approximately one in 15 young Black men in Ontario were punished to prison. This
relates to one in every 70 young White men. Furthermore, people incarcerated in Ontario
were more likely to reside in low-income areas. It has been shown that a siloed approach
towards community safety that emphasizes enforcement can lead to an over-
representation by Indigenous, Black, and other equity-deserving groups in the criminal
● From September 2018 to October 2019, Toronto’s Metro West Courthouse received 306
youth cases, 312 from the 31 division, and approximately 312 from the 23 Division. The
Metro West Courthouse has received over 40% of youth cases between September 2018
and October 2019.
● Indigenous children account for approximately 30% of foster kids in Ontario, even
though they make up only 4.1% of the Ontario population under 15 years old.
Priority Actions and Safe TO Goals
Below is a listing of Safe TO’s goals and priority actions.
Goal #1 – Reduce Vulnerability
You can reduce victimization and harm through proactive mental and susceptibility support
plans, life stability, community-led crisis support models, and cooperative risk-driven
o Increase Multi-Sector Mental and Vulnerability Supports
o Life Stabilization and Supports for Service Navigation
o Embed Community Crisis Support Service to be a First-Response Service that is
o Strengthening, Aligning and Expanding Capacity for Collaborative Risk-Driven
Approaches to Reduce Harm and Victimization
Goal #2 – Reduce Violence
Adopt strategies to reduce gun violence, interpersonal and intimate partner violence. This can be
done through timely coordination of strategic efforts within communities and across systems.
The focus is on violence prevention, intervention and interruption, recovery, and rehabilitation.
o Develop a Comprehensive Multisector Gun Violence Reduction Plan
o Start a complete, gender-based, and intimate-partner violence decrease strategy
Goal #3: Development Fact and Settlement
Actions and recommendations from the Path to Reconciliation Report promote safety and
wellbeing in communities for Indigenous Peoples and prioritize safety and wellbeing for
o Support Indigenous-led communities safety and wellbeing priorities
o To guide the City’s response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Original Women and Girls, mature a plan of employment
o Upsurge Expressive Meeting With Indigenous Administrations and Societies By
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Goal #4 – Promote Justice and Healing
o Be a Trauma-Informed, Responsive City
o Integrate Anti-Racism, Human Rights-Based Approaches in Policy Development and
Service Planning for all City Divisions.
o Strengthen Access to Community Justice by Prioritizing Culturally-Responsive
Reintegration and Restorative Practices, including Justice Centers.
Goal #5 – Invest in Folks
Strengthen support for families, children, youth, and adults by investing, skill development,
increased access to services and other opportunities.
o Engage Residents, Build Community Capacity, and Lead
o Improve Services and Plans that Sustenance Child and Family Development and Well
o Invest In Youth Results To Safeguard Impartial, Positive Childhood Growing
o Enhance Equitable Access to Senior Supports
Goal #6 – Invest in Neighborhoods
To address the impact of neighborhoods on public spaces and their social, cultural, and economic
environments, develop responsive and accountable place-based strategies.
o Include clear and accountable nursing and reportage applies into combined place-based
o Enhance more Safe and Culturally-Accessible Community Seats and Development
o Use Place-Based Economic Empowerment for Development Tactics
o To Enhance Local Ethnic Progress
Goal #7 – Drive partnership and answerability
Envisage core elements of community care and wellbeing to create the structure necessary to use
multi-sector evidence, data, and lived experience to respond directly to needs, augment
collaboration, inform service planning, advance law implementation reform, and assimilate
o Develop a comprehensive strategy for sharing, integrating, and analyzing data from
multiple institutions to inform real-time policy planning and development
o Progress Regulating Reorganization
o Increase Multi-Sector Association via Partnership and Integrated Savings
o Safe TO Goals can be achieved by implementing robust communication approaches
City staff conducted extensive community consultations between November 2020 and April 2021
This included consultations that were population-specific and issue-specific, as well as
internal discussions between 18 City divisions, agencies, and corporations.
The community consultations were targeted at stakeholders who are involved in or have
experienced challenges related to the safety and well-being of the community. The consultations
were supplemented by interaction with residents, subject matter experts, and community
thought leaders. Over 2,500 stakeholders participated in the process. Written submissions were
“Through Safe TO,” the City will implement a multi-sector proactive response to community
safety. It will be guided and guided by a single vision and set of priorities. It’s the best approach
to building a safer Toronto.
I look forward to receiving the implementation plan in the coming months and working with
community partners to make Toronto a safer place for all Toronto residents.
– Mayor John Tory