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Where we are

Three out of five Chatham-Kent residents are overweight. Less than half are physically active on a daily basis and fruit and vegetable consumption locally is below the provincial average. The level of life stress reported by CK residents is below provincial values. The number of fires in CK increased by more than 25 per cent in 2015. The non-violent crime severity index for CK was well above Ontario’s value although violent crime index was below provincial norms.

Where we want to be

Within one generation, our community will be one of the healthiest and safest in Ontario.  

Why it matters

Health and safety begins in our families, neighbourhoods, schools, jobs and the way we design our communities. Every person in Chatham-Kent should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long healthy life regardless of their income, education or background.

Healthy communities are those in which good jobs, income equality, adequate housing, childcare and health care combine to provide a nurturing environment.

Social factors influencing health include the circumstance in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of factors including economics, social policies, and politics. Healthy communities are those in which good jobs, income equality, adequate housing, childcare and health care combine to provide a nurturing environment.

How will we get there

Identifying and enhancing policies and practices through public health, poverty reduction, community planning and protective services.

 

What are we going to work towards:

  • Public Policies:  Our community supports and advocates for healthy policies.

  • Protect Community Wellness: Our community invests in services and programs that reduce poverty, promotes  wellness, and enhance prosperity for all

  • Promote Quality Living: Our community provides access to supports, such as: housing, healthy food, transportation,  health services, recreational activities, education and opportunities to connect

  • Advocate Accessibility: Our community promotes accessibility for all ages and abilities 

 

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

                                                        www.chatham-kent.ca519-360-1998ckplan2035@chatham-kent.ca

2.1  Public Policies

We will develop policies as deliberate plans of action to guide decisions and activities to help make health the easy choice.

Healthy public policies are formed by evidence and can increase the availability of and accessibility to healthy living conditions which leads to a better overall quality of life for all.

Healthy public policy is not solely the responsibility of the health sector as the causes of health and well-being lie outside the health sector and are socially and economically formed.

 

What the community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Partnership development for encouraging healthy public policies –(Public Health – CKCLC)

What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Advance the agenda of health in all policies in the Corporation of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

For More Information:

  • Information resources in the identification phase 

 

2.2  Enhance Prosperity and Reduce Living

Our community invests in services and programs that reduce poverty, promote wellness, and enhance prosperity for all. 

Well-being means providing members of the community with the opportunity to do the things they value to enhance their quality of life.

Well-being in adulthood builds on a healthy and happy childhood. Investing in children gives them the best possible start in life. 

No person in Chatham-Kent should be living in poverty. Working together as a community, the ability to end poverty by 2035 is a real possibility.


What the Community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Work to reduce the burden of preventable chronic disease and infection disease.
  • Support the Prosperity Roundtable Chatham-Kent   WEBSITE

  • Target programs and services to support under-resourced families.

  • Invest in families; developing a mental health strategy, supporting the Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres, home visits with new moms.

 What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Champion funds for post-secondary education through the Canada Learning Bond – CK Community Leaders’ Cabinet,
  • Offering no cost or low cost recreational opportunities


For more information:

  • A.L.L. for Kids Program   WEBSITE

 

2.3  Promote Quality of Life

Our community provides supports in areas such as: housing, healthy food, transportation, health services, recreational activities, education and opportunities to connect.

Quality living can be defined as physical and emotional well-being, and the ability to connect with others. A person’s quality of life increases when they have fulfilling employment, safe and secure housing, nutritious food and health care, leisure time activities and educational opportunities. 

 

What the community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Improve access and availability of local fruits and vegetables

  • Support harm reduction strategies  

  • Work to maintain and increase the supply of affordable housing –MOCK

  • Provide quality health care – Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

  • Provide opportunities to connect and learn – CK Public Libraries

  • Develop a comprehensive Neighbourhood Strategy focused on coordinating efforts in planning, building and supporting safe and thriving neighbourhoods.

  • Support emergency preparedness, enabling an effective response to all emergencies.


What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Specific action items in the development phase 

 

For more information :

  • Buy Local Buy Fresh   WEBSITE

  • Red Cross Canada   WEBSITE 

  • Habitat for Humanity Canada   WEBSITE 

  • Providing services and funding United Way Chatham-Kent   WEBSITE

 

2.4  Advocate Accessibility

Our community promotes accessibility for all ages and abilities.

Communities designed to meet the needs of children, youth, adults and seniors allow for the greatest number of people to enjoy all that Chatham-Kent has to offer. Planning programs and services as well as public spaces and opportunities for all ages and abilities create accessible age friendly communities.

What the community is doing to achieve this goal:

  • Remove participation barriers through policies, community design and shared use agreements (e.g. bring opportunities to neighbourhoods to reduce transportation barriers)
  • Create a Chatham-Kent Age Friendly Committee to support the implementation of the Age Friendly 2015 Community Action Plan    
  • Promote equitable access to parks and open spaces
  • Provide affordable recreation and leisure activities
  • Promote access to inclusive and seamless services for families
  • Provide an accessible and safe public transit service
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What is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent doing to achieve this goal:

  • Specific action items in the development phase 
         

For more information:

  • Ontario’s Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy   PLAN

  • The Homeless Hub    WEBSITE

  • Municipality of Chatham-Kent Housing Strategy  (Link to document will be created once accessible version of document is completed)

  • Chatham-Kent Age-Friendly Community Action Plan  PLAN 

   

Note:  CK Plan 2035 is a  living or dynamic document that will be continually edited and updated.  If you know of a project or plan that you are or community groups is working on that will help our community achieve our goals, please let us know.

                                                     www.chatham-kent.ca519-360-1998ckplan2035@chatham-kent.ca