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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

Sense of belonging

Sense of safety

Reported crime rates

  1. Offer opportunities to improve competencies to work effectively with First Nations and Urban Indigenous communities.
    • Results: We will develop greater understanding and capacity to respond in a positive and proactive manner when working with First Nations and Urban Indigenous people, working toward reconciliation and healing from the negative impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system
  2. Develop and deliver broad-based training to enhance capacity when addressing conditions, particularly trauma, that create vulnerability (including for example gendered violence, newcomer settlement, sex work, mental health & addictions, and dementia).
    • Results: We will develop greater understanding and capacity to respond in a positive and proactive manner when working with newcomers, people engaging in sex work, suffering from mental health & addictions challenges, dementia and people faced with gender based violence.

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.

Indigenous communities

Learn about our Indigenous programs and services, and our role in increasing cross-cultural understanding.


Our programs and facilities help keep seniors active, engaged, and connected to health and care services.

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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