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Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

The City of Hamilton and community partners have developed a Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan for Hamilton.

Hamilton's Community Safety and Well-being PlanReview Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (PDF, 2.08 MB)

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

The aim of the Community Safety and Well-Being plan is to ensure all residents in the community feel safe, has a sense of belonging and can meet their needs for education, healthcare, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.

Community Safety and Well-Being plans support safe and healthy communities through a community-based approach to address root causes of complex social issues. Planning seeks to achieve a proactive, balanced and collaborative approach to community safety and well-being across four key areas: social development, prevention, risk intervention, and incident response.

Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Priorities

Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan offers a framework for partners working together to promote safety and well-being for all residents. Community partners identified six local priorities where 62 opportunities for action have been identified. Community and service provider engagement in the development of this plan identified desired outcomes, opportunities for action on five* of the six priorities:

  • hate incidents
  • violence
  • mental health and stigma
  • substance use*
  • housing and homelessness
  • access to income

*Community engagement and service collaboration is happening through Hamilton’s Drug Strategy. To find out more about what Hamilton is doing to address substance use visit


Visit Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan’s Engage Hamilton project page to keep up to date on engagement opportunities.

Community safety and well-being cannot be addressed in isolation by any one institution, organization, sector, or individual; it needs all our collective action. Collective community wisdom is needed to better understand individual safety and well-being risks, and to come up with creative solutions and ideas to tackle complex issues facing Hamilton. Throughout the planning and implementation process the thoughts, ideas, opinions of our various institutions, service providers, communities, and the general public will shape the plan, priorities, and strategies and actions.

Advisory Committee

Hamilton’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan development is overseen by an advisory committee which both meets legislative requirements and brings together various sectors’ perspectives to provide strategic advice and direction to the City on the development and implementation of the plan.

  • Banyan Community Services
  • Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership
  • City of Hamilton (Children’s Services and Neighbourhood Development; Public Health Services)
  • Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
  • Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Hamilton Police Services Board
  • Hamilton Wentworth District Catholic School Board 
  • Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
  • McMaster Institute for Health Equity
  • McMaster University
  • Mohawk College
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
  • Woman Abuse Working Group

Reports and Documents


Contact Us:

Jenn Hohol
Senior Project Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 905-546-2424 x7857