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Council approves Edmonton’s Community Safety & Well-being Strategy
May 25, 2022
City Council has approved the Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) Strategy, and is providing $8.7 million in funding for 11 related projects to address immediate needs for the remainder of 2022. Discussions held at City Council highlighted the need for the strategy to encompass immediate actions, while also working towards long-term, transformational system changes to help Edmonton become the safest city in Canada by 2030.
“Our goal is to be the safest city in Canada, and to do that we must continue to take action so that more Edmontonians can live, belong, access, create, preserve and thrive in our city,” said Andre Corbould, City Manager. “By working together with community, we are taking a more connected and coordinated approach to safety and well-being, and creating a model for collaboration, planning, and action that helps determine how we respond to current and emerging issues.“
The plan was informed by City Council’s direction, strategic plans including Connect Edmonton and The City Plan, the Community Safety and Well-Being Task Force, and community conversations with over 80 voices representing diverse organizations. Consisting of a seven pillar framework (anti-racism; reconciliation; safe and inclusive spaces; equitable policies procedures, standards and guidelines; pathways in and out of poverty; crime prevention and crime intervention; and well-being) it covers actions which can be carried out by the City, local partners and with community, and that can achieve outcomes which are incremental (two years or less), moderate (three to four years), and transformational (five years and beyond).
Additional information on 10 project business cases, including a description and intended outcomes can be found in attachment 3 of the CSWB strategy report. With City Council’s approval, these business cases represent several key priority areas to address with funding for the remainder of 2022:
Microgrants for community members to apply and receive funds to help bridge and support the sustainability of existing programs in the community.
An Integrated Call Evaluation and Dispatch Centre to modernize the current call intake process, so that Edmontonians are able to obtain accurate and timely service without having to call a number of different agencies.
Indigenous Framework Implementation through hiring of full-time positions needed to support the implementation of City department action plans, develop evaluation and change management methodologies, and assist in community engagement.
Support for an Indigenous-led Shelter, which requires a project scope and outcomes, a functional program, and a site location analysis; these would inform next steps for design and delivery of the facility, including budget and schedule estimates.
Extreme Weather Protocol implementation of extreme heat activations this summer, including expansion of hydrant and bottled water programs. This also provides time to prepare for the winter season.
Additional program funding to Drug Poisoning Response to fund key activities and responses to the drug poisoning crisis, including supplying NARCAN to peace officers.
Community Safety Peace Officer Training and Professional Standards Centre of Excellence; creating a professional development and standards office; and prioritizing professional standards and public transparency.
Convening with key partners to build a new strategy on Community Wellness for addressing the mental health needs of Edmontonians, eliminating duplication of efforts and helping to better address gaps.
Edmonton Public Library’s (EPL) Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn Program will receive funding for an additional two positions, which will allow EPL to increase the number of early literacy Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn classes.
Bridge Healing Centre, launch of a prototype to demonstrate solutions to discharging people into homelessness from the health system. This would provide patients experiencing homelessness with housing and wraparound services.
In addition, Chinatown Funding for the purpose of addressing immediate needs for Chinatown and area.
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