City Seeking Input to Make Regina Safer for All Survey to Reveal How Residents Feel About Community Safety & Well-being
The City of Regina asks residents to build a stronger community together by helping develop Regina’s first-ever comprehensive Community Safety & Well-being (CSWB) Plan. The first opportunity to participate begins today with the launch of a new online community survey on Be Heard Regina.
“Cities across Canada are increasing their focus on community safety and well-being by recognizing that it cannot rest solely on the shoulders of the police,” says Mayor Sandra Masters. “Instead, we recognize that it is a responsibility we all share, requiring an integrated approach through social development, prevention and risk intervention. This is an opportunity to look closely at our community and understand how the needs of all residents are being met and where we need to focus attention to address the gaps.”
The City is partnering with the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention to develop the CSWB Plan. In addition to the community survey, over the next few months, focused conversations will take place with a broad range of stakeholder groups including, but not limited to, youth, seniors, women, Indigenous residents, newcomers, community service providers and residents within a number of Regina neighbourhoods.
The plan will require a collective approach to issues such as poverty and inequality as well as the development of services for those struggling with mental illness, substance use challenges, and homelessness. These long-term efforts should also be balanced with more immediate interventions to prevent and reduce crime.
“We’re looking at what currently exists and works well to support community safety and well-being, while also identifying needs and challenges,” says Diana Hawryluk, Executive Director, City Planning & Community Development. “Community engagement is very important to this process. We want to understand how residents currently perceive community safety and well-being in Regina, and to learn from their lived experiences.”
The final report for Regina’s Community Safety & Well-being Plan is scheduled to be delivered to Council for consideration by September 2021.
Visit Be Heard Regina or Regina.ca/wellbeing to take the survey or learn more.