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Goal 6: Being and feeling safe and included
Goal 6: Feeling safe and included

Being and feeling safe and included

Our goal: A safe city in which residents feel secure
Vancouverites who feel a strong or somewhat strong sense of belonging

Feeling safe and a sense of inclusion in our communities is essential to our well-being.

A strong sense of belonging is associated with better self-reported physical and mental health, while social exclusion denies us the opportunity for full economic and social participation in society.

Our targets: Increase residents’ sense of belonging and safety by 10%, and make Vancouver the safest major city in Canada

Progress we've made so far

Crime rate chart

How we measure change

We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Being and Feeling Safe and Included using data from public health surveys and reported crime statistics.

2015-2018 Priority actions

Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.

Initiatives helping us reach these goals and targets

Building community

The health and vitality of our communities is one of the reasons Vancouver is considered one of the best places on earth to live.

Health and safety for sex workers

Vancouver is the first city in North America with an action plan to improve the health and safety of sex workers and the communities where they live and work.

Aboriginal communities

Vancouver plays an important role in helping our Aboriginal communities gain access to services, overcome barriers, and have a voice in civic government. Learn more about our Aboriginal programs and services.


Read about the City's programs and facilities that keep seniors active, engaged, and connected to the health and other care services they need.

Official celebrations and observances

We recognize the valuable contributions of Vancouver's diverse communities is through special celebrations of International Women's Day, Black History Month, Vancouver Pride, Diwali, and others.

Community grants

To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of grants funding for non-profit social groups and neighbourhood organizations.

Vancouver Police Department

Works to make our city the safest in Canada by supporting staff, engaging the community, enhancing public safety, and fighting crime.

Vancouver Immigration Partnership

Learn how we are working with diverse community sectors and organizations to support and integrate newcomers into local communities.

Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018

See what we've got planned to help meet our goals. 

Download the plan  

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