The Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for York Region is approved!
York Region is a great place to live, work and play; it is also considered one of the safest communities in Canada. However, we know there’s room for improvement.
We are pleased to share that on May 26, 2022, York Regional Council approved the first Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for York Region (the Plan). Focused on social development and prevention, the Plan is intended to serve as a long-term tool to enhance safety and well-being through proactive, targeted, community-driven actions.
During the Plan’s development stages, York Region conducted data research and multiple rounds of consultations with more than 700 residents and stakeholders who indicated that ideas and solutions are most effective when developed by and alongside local communities.
Using this information and the feedback from residents, community organizations, local municipalities, York Regional Police and other stakeholders, the Region was able to identify four priority communities (also called focus areas) in Georgina, Newmarket, Markham, and Richmond Hill that would benefit most from community safety and well-being planning.
A Community Action Table was then created in each focus area, which included residents, representatives from our school boards, York Regional Police, community agencies and others to help develop and implement strategies to address the top risk factors facing their respective communities: mental well-being and housing stability in the Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill focus areas; and economic stability and mental well-being in the Georgina focus area. The Region will play a key stewardship role, working with partners to implement the Plan and achieve success by attracting funding to resource actions, coordinating advice from stakeholders, and monitoring and reporting on Plan progress.
The adoption of the Plan marks an exciting development in the Region’s efforts to achieve its vision of strong, caring and safe communities. If you would like to learn more about the Plan or how you can get involved with a Community Action Table, visit York.ca/CommunityAction