Community Safety & Well-Being

Northumberland County, in collaboration with residents and partner agencies, has developed a plan to improve safety and well-being in our community.

About the Community Safety & Well-Being Plan

Municipalities are required, under the Province's Safer Ontario Act, 2018, to develop a Community Safety & Well-Being Plan (CSWBP). In April 2019, County Council passed a resolution that Northumberland County would lead this effort on behalf of local municipalities. In June 2021, County Council endorsed the CSWBP developed for Northumberland, and the County submitted the plan to the province in July 2021.

The goal of this plan is for residents and local agencies to collectively develop and implement actions that will address the root causes of crime and complex social issues within the community. Through this collaboration, a plan has been developed that focuses local efforts and investments towards the long-term benefits of social development, prevention, and—in the short-term—mitigating risk factors. Emphasis is on prevention measures designed to improve quality of life for all.

Specifically, this plan includes:

  • Local priority risk factors that have been identified based on community consultations and multiple sources of data;
  • Evidence-based programs and strategies to address those priority risk factors; and
  • Measurable outcomes with associated performance measures to ensure that the strategies are effective and outcomes are being achieved.

View our Community Safety & Well-Being Plan

Community input

Community safety and well-being is a shared responsibility. The process for defining local actions has therefore involved a multitude of voices, including members of the public, local government, and human service agencies. The community engagement process for developing and finalizing this plan included:

  • Phase 1 (2019) - Presentations to local municipalities and community groups
  • Phase 2 (2020) - Community consultations, roundtable discussions with local agencies, establishment of an Advisory Committee 
  • Phase 3 (January to April 2021) - Advisory Committee analysis of local, provincial and national data (crime, housing, early years, education, health/mental health, poverty and income) and establishment of key priorities and action items  
  • Phase 4 (May to June 2021) - Presentation of final plan to municipalities, community agencies, and County Council

Northumberland's final Community Safety & Well-Being plan was submitted to the province in July 2021. 

Collaborative Committee

The CSWB Collaborative Committee was established in November 2021 to support the implementation of the CSWB plan across Northumberland County. The Collaborative Committee includes representation from CSWB-identified priority service sectors including municipalities, police, fire, health, mental health, developmental, social and community services.

The committee drives inter-agency collaboration and coordination to enhance life stabilization services in the community. These services support residents to be healthy, successful and safe in their communities. The committee is establishing common local indicators to demonstrate success. Indicators may include new services available to support people across Northumberland, additional resources available for agencies to be able to sustain and expand services, and shared targets to jointly assess progress over time. News and updates will be published annually identifying completed actions and achievements, as well as challenges and new opportunities that have been identified.

View advisory committee meeting minutes

Additional resources