• Councillor Mark Grimes

Toronto City Council approves year-one implementation plan for SafeTO

Toronto City Council has approved the year-one implementation plan for SafeTO: Toronto’s 10 Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. SafeTO is the City of Toronto’s new and bold approach to community safety that focuses on creating a culture of prevention through collaboration with the community, other orders of government and community safety organizations.

The SafeTO Implementation Plan focuses on seven goals, achieved through 26 actions. As part of year one, the plan focuses on building a strong foundation, which includes:

  • The introduction of an alternative crisis support service model that is community-led, client-centred, trauma-informed and focused on reducing harm, which will be delivered through four community pilots.

  • The establishment of a Toronto Office to prevent gun violence, through engagement with appropriate partners, and work with the community to enhance coordination of gun violence prevention and intervention efforts.

  • Better support for victims and communities impacted by violence, by enhancing the Community Crisis Response Program and community partnerships that provide trauma-informed, culturally responsive supports.

  • The creation of a multi-sector data centre for the purpose of informing real-time policy development and service planning.

Through the year-one implementation plan, the City will also lead inter-governmental efforts such as identifying investment priorities, creating long-term partnerships focused on shared outcomes, identifying opportunities to better coordinate and align existing investments, and affecting policy change as well as engage the community through formalizing the SafeTO Advisory Table. The group will be made up of City divisions and agencies, and will also include multiple sectors, grass-roots groups, and community leaders representing several core issues. Work to action the SafeTO Implementation Plan will start following the approval of the City’s 2022 budget.

A total of $12.052 million in funding for the SafeTO year-one implementation plan will be considered along with other City priorities, as part of the City’s 2022 Budget process.

Council approved SafeTO in July 2021. More information on SafeTO can be found on the City’s website.

Council’s decision will require the enactment of a confirmatory bylaw. Read the Council report.