Councillor Rawlson King is pleased that his advocacy efforts will lead to the ultimate adoption of a Municipal Poverty Reduction Strategy and a Food Security Policy at the City of Ottawa.
The Poverty Reduction Strategy and Food Security Policy will be part of the efforts surrounding the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee recently approved the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which sets out strategies and outcomes to address the root causes of crime, social disorder and ill health and improve the safety and well-being of everyone in Ottawa.
The plan addresses local risks to safety and well-being at the community level in six priority areas: simplifying and integrating systems, and strategies to address discrimination, marginalization and racism, financial security and poverty reduction, housing, mental well-being, and gender-based violence and violence against women. The plan’s proposed actions would require collaboration with governments, institutions, groups, and agencies who are working together to mitigate those risks.
To ensure the proposed plan reflects the needs of all Ottawa residents, it was developed based on the feedback collected during extensive consultation with residents and community stakeholders in 2020 and 2021. The plan complements City work underway that addresses the priorities, including the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Anti-Racism Secretariat and the Women and Gender Equity Strategy.