Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

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We are developing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP) and we'd like to hear from you!

Under the Province's Safer Ontario Act, 2018 municipalities are required to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan using the provincial government's Community Safety and Well-Being Framework.

The goal of the plan is to outline priority risks in the community and address them through proactive, integrated strategies that ensure vulnerable populations receive the help they need from the providers best suited to support them.


We are developing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP) and we'd like to hear from you!

Under the Province's Safer Ontario Act, 2018 municipalities are required to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan using the provincial government's Community Safety and Well-Being Framework.

The goal of the plan is to outline priority risks in the community and address them through proactive, integrated strategies that ensure vulnerable populations receive the help they need from the providers best suited to support them.


  • Calling all youth in Kawartha Lakes to Jump In and Express Yourself

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    To address submission challenges created by COVID-19, the deadline for all submissions to the Jump In and Express Yourself! Exhibit has been extended from September 24 to October 15, 2021. All submitted work will now be showcased through a Kawartha Art Gallery online exhibit from November 1 to December 31, 2021.

    Youth of Kawartha Lakes are invited to Jump In and Express Yourself! If you are between the ages of 12 to 24 years, the Kawartha Lakes Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Advisory Committee wants to hear from you. The Jump In and Express Yourself! Exhibit asks youth to imagine an inclusive, safe, connected and sustainable community where all youth thrive. The Exhibit is a partnership project between the Kawartha Lakes Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee and Kawartha Art Gallery. All exhibit details can be found at kawarthagallery.com.

    The Community Safety and Well-Being Advisory Committee has identified four priority areas: mental health and addictions, poverty, housing and youth.

    Presenting the four priority areas in the form of a series of questions, youth are invited to choose a priority and to tell a new story through the creative mediums of Visual Art, Photography or Video.

    • How does Housing impact you and what can be done to support youth?
    • How does Mental Health & Addictions impact you and what can be done to support youth?
    • How does Poverty impact you and what can be done to support youth?
    • How does Youth impact a community and what can be done to support youth?

    Acknowledging that youth attraction and retention is an important priority for the City of Kawartha Lakes, the municipality recognizes that youth are an integral component to achieve the vision for Kawartha Lakes: naturally beautiful, offering an exceptional lifestyle. Attracting, retaining and engaging a younger demographic will help the City to offer an exceptional lifestyle by boosting the local economy while working to enhance and diversify local culture.

    To create an opportunity for the youth of the Kawartha Lakes to share their voices the Kawartha Lakes Youth Council has been launched. Further information regarding the Kawartha Lakes Youth Council can be found with the Jump In and Express Yourself! Exhibit page at www.kawarthagallery.com


    Quick Facts

    The Kawartha Lakes Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is being developed under the guidance of an Advisory Committee that was appointed by Kawartha Lakes Council. The Advisory Committee includes representatives from many sectors including police, health, mental health, education, community and social services, and children and youth services.

    The goal of the plan is to outline priority risks in the community and address them through proactive, integrated strategies that ensure vulnerable populations receive the help they need from the providers best suited to support them.


    About Kawartha Art Gallery

    Kawartha Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing a healthy rural creative economy through engaging art and cultural programs and services.

    Kawartha Art Gallery envisions the Kawartha Lakes as a creative hub and community network, connecting and engaging people with the multiplicity of our cultures, through diverse and accessible experiences that reimagine the narrative for the arts in rural Ontario.



  • Community Conversations

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    Residents are encouraged to host their own 'Community Conversations' to provide input into the development of the Kawartha Lakes Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.

    Any community group, organization, association, neighbourhood or family group can use the Community Conversations Toolkit to provide their feedback to the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Advisory Committee. The Toolkit includes a guide for the meeting facilitator and notes pages to gather feedback.

    Completed Community Conversations Toolkits can be submitted to Brenda Stonehouse at bstonehouse@kawarthalakes.ca until Friday, August 13 at 4:30pm.

    Download the Community Conversations Toolkit

  • Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Underway

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    At Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, June 1 Kawartha Lakes Council received an update on the development of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan from Kawartha Lakes Police Service Chief Mark Mitchell, chair of the Advisory Committee.

    Under the Province’s Safer Ontario Act, 2018 municipalities are required to develop and adopt community safety and well-being plans in partnership with a multi-sectoral advisory committee. The Advisory Committee was appointed by Council earlier this year.

    The goal of the plan is to outline priority risks in the community and address them through proactive, integrated strategies that ensure vulnerable populations receive the help they need from the providers best suited to support them.

    The Advisory Committee has reviewed data from many sources to get a clear picture of the risk areas in our community. Key takeaways include:

    • Mental health concerns and anti-social behavior are the most common areas of acute, elevated risk
    • Young adults and those middle-aged are the highest risk group for mental health concerns
    • There is a corresponding risk of low income for the same age groups
    • Women, and older women in particular, are at higher risk of low income than males
    • Not all geographic areas within Kawartha Lakes are equal when it comes to childhood risk factors
    • The rate of opioid overdoses has been steadily increasing year over year

    Based on these findings the Advisory Committee has established four priority areas: Mental Health and Addictions, Poverty, Youth and Housing. In support of the priorities there will also be a focus on continuous communication, diversity, equity and inclusion along with accountability and transparency.

    The next step is consultation with stakeholders and the community. “We want to hear from our community and understand more so we can identify where there may be gaps in services,” said Chief Mitchell. “We will be reaching out in a variety of ways and I would encourage everyone to participate when they can.”

    Community Engagement will take place this summer through Jump In, Kawartha Lakes as well as focused session and community conversations.

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