Minister's message

Ontario continues to see significant reductions in the rate of crime in various categories. This encouraging trend provides support to our efforts to work closely with our partners to prevent and reduce the incidence of crime in our communities. Yet, there is more work to be done. We will minimize the risk factors that contribute to criminal activity and maximize the positive factors that help reduce crime and make our communities safer.

It is important to develop a focus on crime prevention, involving all stakeholders, and build on the successes to date. This document serves as a guide to the task ahead.

Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility – federal, provincial, and municipal government, police services, community organizations and citizens. A successful strategy will reach out to all members of society including vulnerable groups, children and youth, offenders and victims and use a variety of initiatives that respond to the particular needs of each.

I welcome the participation of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and all our partners and congratulate them for joining in this important effort.

Honourable Madeleine Meilleur
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services