The City of Portage la Prairie is pleased to partner with the Province of Manitoba to create a Community Safety and Well-Being (CSWB) Plan for our community.

The Province of Manitoba is investing $1.3 million to support the CSWB Planning Pilot Project to develop local CSWB plans and implement local safety priorities in 12 Manitoba communities, including Portage la Prairie.

The Manitoba government is also providing $20,000 to support the Wawokiya Community Mobilization Initiatives Targeted Engagement Strategy in Portage la Prairie.

“Community Safety and Well-Being Plans are designed to align public, private and community-based resources to create an environment where community safety challenges can be proactively improved,” said Irvine Ferris, Mayor of the City of Portage la Prairie. “City Council has been actively lobbying to participate in this program and we thank the province for approving our request.”

“Communities are safer places to live when we all take a collective and participative interest in addressing the root causes of crime,” said Councillor Sharilyn Knox, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. “We believe that the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan will help coordinate our community’s efforts to make Portage la Prairie a safer place and we thank the province for supporting our Council’s efforts to improve public safety.”

The city is anticipating more information to come out about the CSWB Planning Pilot Project this summer, and community consultation to start in the fall of 2022.