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Downtown Safety Leadership Table

Downtown Safety Leadership Table

The Downtown Safety Leadership Table brought together a group of downtown leaders to help identify ways to address safety in downtown Calgary.

In March 2024, they released 28 recommendations to support safety and vibrancy in Calgary’s downtown:

How we are delivering on the recommendations


We are pleased to say that work is already underway or will begin on all 28 recommendations and is expected to be completed within the timeline identified. Eight will need further resources or funding to implement. A review of how these recommendations should be funded has begun. The work is targeted to three key areas: great public spaces, wellbeing of people, and emergency response and enforcement.

View the full implementation plan

The following can be completed within one year and with no additional budget.

Public spaces

Creating places where we can all feel safe and can enjoy ourselves as a community

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design studies
A crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) implementation plan to ensure physical design principles are applied to improve real and perceived safety in public spaces.

Indigenous Gathering Place
Strong partnership on the Indigenous Gathering Place initiative and opportunities to experience Indigenous cultural programs hosted out of Indigenous structures at downtown festivals and events.

Scoping a Downtown Safety and Maintenance Team 
Continued investments in downtown cleaning and safety to ensure residents and visitors feel safe.

People

Safety begins with the wellbeing of all Calgarians

Rough sleeping response
City-wide improvements to how unsanctioned structures are identified and addressed with a focus on connecting individuals with resources and improving coordination, tracking and accountability.

24/7 deployment of outreach services 
More effective coordination between government and community outreach partners leads to improved service delivery to individuals experiencing vulnerabilities and safer communities.

Affordable, supportive market housing 
Progress on Home is Here – The City’s Housing Strategy and support for the housing sector to deliver services to those needing housing.

Support for grassroots and community-led groups 
Continued funding for non-profit and grassroots organizations and ongoing advocacy to other orders of government for increased funding to sustain and expand services.

Advocacy for service hub models and shelter funding 
Advocacy to other orders of government to ensure mental health, addiction, and health services, as well as housing options, are available to Calgarians accessing or leaving shelters.

Communications resource 
More frequent communications and data regarding downtown safety investments and initiatives from one publicly accessible source by Q1 2025.

Emergency response and enforcement

Addressing crime and safety concerns immediately is critical

Police and uniform presence
A district front counter in the downtown accessible to the public; continued investment in the Safety Hub model allows uniformed officers to work collaboratively from centralized locations in areas with high calls for service.

Coordinated policing and enforcement services
A reduction in social disorder resulting from a more streamlined, efficient, and coordinated deployment of policing, enforcement and social services in the downtown.

Stay tuned to this page for updates on the progress of the implementation plan and individual projects.
 

 

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