Item - 2021.EX25.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 14, 2021 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on July 6, 2021 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 14, 2021.

EX25.4 - SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on July 14, 15 and 16, 2021, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council adopt SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan as outlined in Appendix A to the report (June 21, 2021) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration.

 

2. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to consider and incorporate healing-centred engagement and community practices in the SafeTO Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and Implementation Plan as a complement to trauma-informed care, interventions and services so that it expands deficit-based treatment to include skill-building positive based treatment.

 

3. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to incorporate an intersectional gender equity lens in the SafeTO Implementation Plan to ensure that there is a Community Accountability and Partnership Table to provide feedback and oversight on the Plan.

 

4. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to the December 7, 2021 meeting of the Executive Committee with the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

5. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to examine the Community Crisis Response Program's current capacity, effectiveness, responsiveness and adaptability to the current levels and complexity of gun violence in Toronto and to submit recommendations for the Program's enhancement to City Council as part of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

6. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to consult with the Toronto Police Service and Toronto Police Service - 51 Division stakeholders, including community partners, and to report to the December 7, 2021 meeting of the Executive Committee on the impacts of concentrating social services and other associated services in the Toronto Police Service - 51 Division catchment area and to devise a plan to ensure that future service planning is equitably considered across the Toronto Police Service Divisions and the City of Toronto.

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to ensure that all future reporting, including statistics and key performance indicators related to resource planning and allocations in the SafeTO Implementation Plan, are shown in a breakdown by ward, neighbourhood and population subsets, including but not limited to, age, race, gender and sexual orientation.

 

8. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the Boards of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto Public Library and Toronto Transit Commission, and the Toronto Police Services Board and City Council request the Boards to adopt the SafeTO Plan through a Board resolution and to partner with the City of Toronto on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

9. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, le Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir and le Conseil scolaire Viamonde for their consideration of the SafeTO Plan in service planning and to partner with the City of Toronto on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

10. City Council forward the SafeTO report to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto and Jewish Family and Child Service for their consideration in service planning as part of the provincially-mandated Child Welfare redesign and to partner with the City of Toronto on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

11. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Provincial Ministries for their consideration: the Ministry of the Solicitor General, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Long-Term Care, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and to partner with the City of Toronto on the funding of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

12. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Federal Departments for their consideration: the Department of Justice Canada, the Department for Women and Gender Equality, Public Safety Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Indigenous Services Canada and to partner with the City of Toronto on the funding of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

13. City Council request the City Manager to share the results of the Sunnybrook Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE) Program with the Ministry of Health and City Council request the Province of Ontario to provide funding to support the continued operation of the BRAVE Program and the creation of a St. Michael's Hospital violence intervention program.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 21, 2021) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168550.pdf
Appendix A - SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168551.pdf
Appendix B - SafeTO Goals and Priority Actions
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168552.pdf
Appendix C - SafeTO Community Consultation Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168553.pdf
Appendix D - Safe TO: Roadmap to become a Trauma-Informed City
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168554.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(June 29, 2021) E-mail from Shaykh Imran Ally (EX.Supp)

Communications (City Council)

(July 8, 2021) Letter from David Reycraft, Director - Housing Services, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services (CC.New)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/cc/comm/communicationfile-135191.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Ford (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to examine the Community Crisis Response Program’s current capacity, effectiveness, responsiveness and adaptability to the current levels and complexity of gun violence in Toronto and submit recommendations for the Program’s enhancement to City Council as part of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.


2a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council amend Executive Committee Recommendations 6 and 7 by adding the words "and to partner with the City on the funding of the SafeTO Implementation Plan" so that the recommendations read as follows:

 

6. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Provincial Ministries for their consideration: Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility and to partner with the City on the funding of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

7. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Federal Departments for their consideration: Department of Justice Canada, Department for Women and Gender Equality, Public Safety Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada and to partner with the City on the funding of the SafeTO Implementation Plan.


2b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to consider and incorporate healing-centred engagement and community practices in the SafeTO Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and Implementation Plan as a complement to trauma-informed care, interventions and services so that it expands deficit-based treatment to include skill-building positive based treatment.

 

2.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to ensure that all future reporting including statistics and key performance indicators related to resource planning and allocations in the SafeTO Implementation Plan be shown in a breakdown by ward, neighbourhood and population subsets including but not limited to age, race, gender and sexual orientation.

 

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to consult with the Toronto Police Service and Toronto Police Service - 51 Division stakeholders, including community partners, and to report to the December 7, 2021 meeting of the Executive Committee on the impacts of concentrating social services and other associated services in the Toronto Police Service - 51 Division catchment area and to devise a plan to ensure that future service planning is equitably considered across the Toronto Police Service Divisions and the City of Toronto.

 

4.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to incorporate an intersectional gender equity lens in the SafeTO Implementation Plan, to ensure that there is a Community Accountability and Partnership Table to provide feedback and oversight on the Plan.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-14-2021 2:59 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX25.4 - Adopt the Item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 25 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Nick Mantas
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

EX25.4 - SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council adopt SafeTO: Toronto’s Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan as outlined in Appendix A to the report (June 21, 2021) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration.

 

2. City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to report to the December 7, 2021 meeting of the Executive Committee with the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

3. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the Boards of Directors of Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Toronto Public Library and Toronto Transit Commission, and the Toronto Police Services Board and City Council request the Boards adopt the SafeTO Plan through a Board resolution and partner with the City on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

4. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, le Conseil scolaire de District catholique MonAvenir and le Conseil scolaire Viamonde for their consideration of the SafeTO Plan in service planning and to partner with the City on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

5. City Council forward the SafeTO report to Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto and Jewish Family and Child Service for their consideration in service planning as part of the provincially-mandated Child Welfare redesign, and to partner with the City on the SafeTO Implementation Plan.

 

6. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Provincial Ministries for their consideration: Ministry of the Solicitor General, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Long-Term Care, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

 

7. City Council forward the SafeTO report to the following Federal Departments for their consideration: Department of Justice Canada, Department for Women and Gender Equality, Public Safety Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada.

 

8. City Council request the City Manager to share the results of the Sunnybrook Breaking the Cycle of Violence with Empathy (BRAVE) Program with the Ministry of Health and City Council request the Province of Ontario to provide funding to support the continued operation of the BRAVE Program and the creation of a St. Michael's Hospital violence intervention program.

Origin

(June 21, 2021) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

Under the Ontario Police Services Act, all municipalities are mandated to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan by July 2021. A provincial framework has been developed to guide municipalities in our planning to broaden our understanding of safety and centre the well-being of individuals, families and communities through long-term strategic actions that ensure community safety and well-being. The root causes of community violence, trauma and injustice are complex. A traditional enforcement approach cannot be the only response, nor the default response to building a safer city. Growing evidence calls for proactive, multi-sector responses guided by a unified vision and a set of agreed upon priorities. This shift being called for by provincial legislation mirrors what City staff have heard from community leaders, advocates and academics over many years. SafeTO is our response.

 

SafeTO is a comprehensive Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan that reimagines core elements of community safety and well-being in order to shift our paradigm from a reliance on reactive emergency response to a culture of proactive prevention. SafeTO inspires us to think differently, work collaboratively across sectors, community and governments, and to do better to bring about a safe Toronto that promotes and celebrates the well-being and resilience of all residents.

 

Toronto has a legacy of taking bold action to address complex challenges. In recent years, Toronto City Council has committed to a 20-year plan to transform how the City addresses poverty through TO Prosperity: Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy; has endorsed the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism to acknowledge and uproot anti-Black racism from our systems and structures; and has put into action policing reform measures to create a new community-led Community Crisis Support Service to reimagine how our systems respond to mental health crises. SafeTO provides City Council with another opportunity to think boldly and act differently to advance community safety and well-being in Toronto by:

 

-Expanding the definition of community safety beyond crime or policing to include well-being,
-Redefining what trauma means and deepening the ability of the City and its partners to be informed by it and respond to it,
-Enhancing our ability to act early and advance preventative approaches,
-Developing innovative mechanisms to use multi-sector data to inform decision making and integrate investments,
-Implementing an effective multi-sector governance structure that brings our critical partners into coordinated leadership and action, and
-Committing to a long-term vision of community safety and well-being and a comprehensive plan to realize it.
 

For Toronto to make the shift envisioned by the Province, the majority of community safety investments need to be focused on developing and/or enhancing programs that focus on social development, prevention, and intervention through multi-sector collaboration to reduce the reliance on reactive emergency response. The City cannot make this shift alone. For the City to be successful, a whole-of-governments approach consisting of effective partnerships with and investments from other orders of government is critical.

 

SafeTO will drive 26 priority actions across seven strategic goals: Reduce Vulnerability; Reduce Violence; Advance Truth and Reconciliation; Promote Healing and Justice; Invest in People; Invest in Neighbourhoods; and Drive Collaboration and Accountability. SafeTO provides a roadmap for how the City and social systems that serve Torontonians, such as community services, healthcare systems, education systems, justice systems, police and business, can work collaboratively across different sectors and across governments to support community safety and well-being.

 

In the process of developing SafeTO, the City has already started to apply a broader, multi-sector approach to prevent and interrupt escalating violence this summer. In the spring, Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Service Board, Toronto Community Housing, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Transit Commission, the Toronto District School Board, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board formed the Executive Leadership Table with the support of the Office of the Mayor to collaboratively develop a Short-term Community Safety Pilot to leverage and integrate community safety efforts across organizations for better impact on the reduction of gun violence through the summer months. Lessons learned through this collaborative work will be used to inform the SafeTO Implementation Plan which will be brought back for Council consideration in December 2021.

Background Information

(June 21, 2021) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168550.pdf
Appendix A - SafeTO: Toronto's Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168551.pdf
Appendix B - SafeTO Goals and Priority Actions
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168552.pdf
Appendix C - SafeTO Community Consultation Summary
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168553.pdf
Appendix D - Safe TO: Roadmap to become a Trauma-Informed City
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2021/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-168554.pdf

Communications

(June 29, 2021) E-mail from Shaykh Imran Ally (EX.Supp)

Speakers

Dr. Laura Rosella, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Brandy Tanenbaum, Tory Trauma Program, Centre for Injury Prevention
Lieran Docherty, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council