in Chatsworth, Grey Highlands, Southgate, West Grey
June 14, 2021
The municipalities of Bruce County and Grey County have released the first Community Safety and Well-Being Indicator Report as part of their joint Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWBP). This report brings together a wide range of data from over 72 community partners using data from local organizations. It provides insight on how communities are performing in 10 different areas and highlights key issues of risk that will be used to monitor progress and improvements and serve as a baseline for continuing work.
Five high priority risk areas will be the immediate focus for work moving forward: Mental Health; Crime Prevention; Addictions / Substance Use, Housing / Homelessness; and Poverty / Income. Key indicators show that while one quarter of Grey-Bruce residents rate their mental health as excellent or very good, 20% also feel they are experiencing high levels of stress. Survey respondents expressed a concern that crime had increased in the past three years in their community but were confident that police played an important role in community safety.
The CSWBP plans to address these priority issues and others in the next stage of their process and has hired Tanya Roberts as a coordinator to support this work.
The goal of CSWBP is to achieve sustainable communities where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging and opportunities to participate, and where individuals and families can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income, and social and cultural expression.
The Municipalities of Bruce and Grey Counties — spread across 8,592 square kilometres — are known for their small towns and two First Nation communities nestled in picturesque rural landscapes. Framed by Lake Huron to the west and Georgian Bay to the east, you will rarely find yourself more than 30 minutes from a beach, ski hill, or provincial park. These Municipalities form a vibrant community with stunning natural beauty, clean air and sparkling water, where residents report high levels of satisfaction with their neighbourhoods as a place to live, with their access to community parks and recreational opportunities, and the environmental quality of their neighbourhoods.
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