Community Safety & Well-Being

Eight communities on Manitoulin Island have joined together for the development of Manitoulin Island's Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. This plan is provincially legislated for municipalities in Ontario under the Police Services Act, 1990. The intended time-frame of this initial plan is from 2021-2025. This plan represents a shared commitment to make the communities on Manitoulin Island a place where individuals and families feel safe, have a sense of belonging and access to services to meet their needs.


It is realized that across these eight communities, the risks most impacting community safety and well-being are the same. Throughout the community engagement and data analysis phase, it became clear that there are four main priority areas that should be a focus across all communities. These priority areas are: Mental Health & Addictions, Housing, Seniors, and Domestic Violence. These are are explored and discuss in the plan below. Please download the file if you want to read the plan.


Municipality of Gordon/Barrie Island Community Safety & Well-Being Plan
This plan aims to make the communities on the island a place where individuals and families feel safe, have a sense of belonging and access to services to meet their needs.
Community Safety and Well-Being Plan 202
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For those who find the long winters difficult, or for those who deal with bouts of depression, please know there is now a hotline available.


Canadians can call or text 9-8-8 to access bilingual, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate mental health and suicide prevention support. The service is free and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Trained crisis responders will listen to you and provide support with compassion, providing a safe space for you to talk.


If you are thinking about suicide, or worried about someone else thinking about suicide, call or text 9-8-8 for suicide prevention support at any time of day or night.


Calls or texts to 9-8-8 are confidential. No personally identifiable information will be disclosed or shared outside of the 9-8-8 network, except as required or permitted by law, or in cases where emergency intervention is required to support the safety and well-being of the caller or texter, and the safety of others.


The 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline is funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and their partners.

More information coming soon...