Community Safety and Well-being in Quinte West
The City of Quinte West is committed to working with its partners to build a safe and inclusive community.
In 2019, new provincial legislation came into effect requiring Ontario municipalities to develop and adopt their own Community Safety & Well-Being (CSWB) Plan. As part of this legislation, municipalities are required to work in partnership with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services to develop their own plan.
In 2020, the City of Quinte West convened a CSWB Advisory Committee composed of City staff and community stakeholders to undertake this work. The City’s CSWB Advisory Committee undertook extensive research and consultation in order to identify and understand local community risk factors, prioritize the reduction of harm, and develop actionable efforts to make meaningful change in the community.
Council approved Quinte West’s first Community Safety and Well-Being Plan 2021-2024 in July 2021.
Quinte West’s Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
- Quinte West Community Safety & Well-Being Plan 2021-2024 (PDF)
- Quinte West CSWB Implementation Plan 2021-2024 (PDF)
The Quinte West Community Safety & Well-Being Plan 2021-2024 aligns with the province of Ontario’s objectives to evolve short-term, emergency-driven responses to societal risks toward inter-organization collaboration to develop long-term solutions to social development and risk prevention and mitigation.
The Quinte West Community Safety & Well-Being Plan 2021-2024 prioritizes two key areas of local community risk:
- Affordable and appropriate housing
- Mental health and addictions
In response to these key priorities, the plan established three committees what work to enhance inter-organization collaboration, information sharing and performance measurement in these areas:
- Housing Action Table
- Mental Health & Addictions Action Table
- Quinte West Community Task Force
Each of these committees is composed of representatives from local social service organizations serving Quinte West and the wider Quinte region, including:
- Child and youth services
- City of Quinte West Council and staff representatives
- Community and social services
- Cultural services
- Education services
- Front line and emergency response services
- Hastings County representative(s)
- Housing services
- Immigration and new Canadian services
- OPP Quinte West representative(s)
- Public health and mental health services
These representatives and committees continue to contribute to making Quinte West a community where everyone feels safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.
Learn more about Quinte West’s CSWB initiatives
A community food cupboard is available in the lobby of Quinte West City Hall, 7 Creswell Dr., Trenton.
The cupboard is available Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cupboard offers an additional source of non-perishable food and personal care items for those in need of assistance. The cupboard operates under the “take what you need, leave what you can” principle. The quantity and variety of items in the cupboard changes daily.
The community food cupboard is managed by the Quinte West Public Library.
Donations of healthy snacks, produce, and hygiene products from the community are welcome. Please place donated items directly into the cupboard.
Click here to learn more about how this event offers community safety and well-being training opportunities for staff working for local community and social services.
Click here to learn more about this community fundraising event that raises awareness about the day-to-day challenges experienced by the unhoused community in Quinte West.
Click here to learn more about local and provincial resources for landlords and tenants.
Click here to learn more about attending or exhibiting at this community event that showcases local community wellness organizations, businesses and services.