Thank you for your interest in completing this survey.

The Town of Blind River, Town of Spanish, Town of Thessalon, Municipality of Huron Shores, and the Township of the North Shore are inviting residents to participate in the Community Safety and Well-Being Survey. This survey will help us understand the current well-being and feelings of safety of the people within our communities so we can work together to focus on local actions that will improve the quality of life for everyone.

This survey is part of the development of the North Shore Community Safety and Well-Being Plan. The plan will provide a model for collaboration, planning, and action to shape how current and emerging issues are responded to through ongoing engagement with community stakeholders and residents.

The survey includes questions about your day-to-day life, health, education, employment, safety, leisure, and recreation experiences, and what you think about living, working, and playing on the North Shore. By sharing your experiences and what matters to you, you help to shape life experiences, determine our community priorities, and indicate where you think change is needed the most.

This survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey responses are being confidentially collected and analyzed by staff. All responses will be kept confidential, and only overall results, without individual identifying information, will be shared.

If you have any questions about this survey or if you would like to request a paper copy, please contact your Community Safety Well-being plan resource person at your local Municipality. To learn more about the North Shore Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, please visit your municipal website. 

There are no mandatory questions. If you wish to participate and consent to this survey, please fill out only those questions you are comfortable answering.


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* 1. Which municipality do you reside in? (Select ONE only)

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* 2. Are you a permanent, seasonal or occasional resident? (Select ONE only)

Demographics

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* 3. What is your gender identity? (Select ONE only)

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* 4. What is your age?

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* 5. What is your racial or ethnic identity? (Select all that apply)

Well-Being is synonymous with quality of life

Well-being constitutes both objective and subjective well-being conditions, including how people experience and feel about their lives. Subjective well-being indicators provide the most current level and relevant snapshot of how citizens currently experience or perceive well-being and happiness from lived experiences.

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* 6. Taking all things together, how do you feel?

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* 7. All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?

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* 8. How do you feel about your spiritual life? *Spirituality is defined as the search for a meaning in life; the sense of connection to something bigger than yourself; may include your faith/religion.

Healthy Populations

A community rich in human capital is one in which people feel healthy and vibrant in mind, body, and spirit. In general, people who are healthier in terms of their physical health, mental and emotional well-being tend to be happier. In addition, people who are happiest live relatively stress-free lives and spend much of their time doing things they enjoy.

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* 9. Overall, you spend most of your personal time:

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* 10. Overall, you feel that you have:

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* 11. Overall, you feel:

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* 12. In general you would say your overall mental health is:

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* 13. In general, you would say your overall physical health is:

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* 14. Overall, in your life you experience:

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* 15. Which of the following statements best describes the food eaten in your household in the past 12 months?

Living Standards

Living standards are part of eight domains used to assess well-being. Having a job and finding meaningful work is a key contributor to a good and happy life. Furthermore, financial security and knowing that one's income is sufficient to meet their housing needs is important to ensure a good sense of financial well-being, household well-being, and overall happiness.

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* 16. All things considered, how satisfied are you with your current work life?

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* 17. To what extent does your current level of income meet your everyday life needs?

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* 18. In general, how do you feel about your current personal finances?

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* 19. In general, do you feel that you have good access to affordable housing options?

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* 20. Have you volunteered during the past 12 months?

Belonging, Trust and Relationships

Loving and being loved are key conditions for human happiness. Strong communities have a strong sense of belonging and strong relationships. In addition, high levels of trust in a community are indicators of a cohesive community and goodwill.

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* 21. How would you describe your feeling of belonging to your local community?

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* 22. Would you recommend this community to others as a place to live?

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* 23. How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place in your neighbourhood because of your ethnicity, culture, race, skin color, language, accent, gender, sexual orientation, or religion?

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* 24. You have friends and family which you can call on for help when you need it most.

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* 25. How do you feel about your relationships with your family and friends?

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* 26. How do you feel about your relationships with your neighbours?

Community Safety and Perceptions of Crime

Perceptions of personal safety are important to consider in addition to objective crime statistics. These questions will help us understand how safe residents feel in their community and identify areas where improvements could be made. Feeling of safety is also an important index in overall community well-being.

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* 28. What are your most significant sources of information about safety and crime? (Select a MAXIMUM of three (3) sources)

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* 29. How do you feel about your personal safety in your community?

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* 30. Over the last three years, do you think crime in your community has:

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* 31. Compared to other communities in Ontario, do you think your community has:

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* 32. How safe do you feel walking alone in the area that you live (your neighbourhood) alone during the day?

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* 33. How safe do you feel walking alone in the area that you live (your neighhbourhood) alone at night?

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* 36. To what extent would having more police officers in your neighbourhood make you feel safer?

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* 37. In your opinion, the role of policing in ensuring community safety is:

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* 38. Which sectors do you think play a role in community safety? Select ALL that apply.

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* 39. How much do your feelings about safety and crime impact what you do (where you go and when)?

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* 40. You feel comfortable allowing your children to play outside

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* 41. Please identify your main concern/priority with regards to community safety.

Substance Use

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* 42. In the last twelve (12) months, how often did you have a drink of alcohol that was more than just a sip?

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* 43. In the last twelve (12) months, how often did you use another drug or substance (pharmaceuticals, MDMA, hallucinogens, heroin, cocaine, synthetic cannabinoids, bath salts, salvia etc.) to get high?

Democratic Engagement

The perception that government policies reflect the needs of the community contribute to a change in the quality of life and well-being of residents. It is also important to know if the community trusts the integrity of elected officials.

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* 44. How much would you say that local government efforts have improved the quality of life and well-being of your community?

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* 45. You trust your local political officials to represent you well.

Accessibility to Services

Feelings of accessibility to basic services, sports and recreation opportunities, personal development opportunities, and arts and cultural events are important markers of a strong community and a positive sense of well-being. Having access to these services and opportunities also increases the sense of belonging to the community.
Environment

Environmental assets such as the natural resources and environmental goods and services that are provided free of charge by nature are important for the well-being of the community. Having better environmental information about conditions of the natural environment in a community is important in shaping future policies.

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* 47. How do you feel about the efforts being made to preserve the natural environment in your community?

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* 48. How do you feel about the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the natural environment in your community?

Concluding Questions

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* 49. Which of the following best describes your current relationship status?

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* 50. What is your total annual household income?

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* 51. Including yourself, how many people live in your household? Please count adults and children.

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* 52. How many children under 18 years old live in your household?

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* 53. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

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* 54. Which of the following categories best describes your employment status?

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* 55. Were you born in Canada

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* 56. What do you love about your community?

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* 57. Which issue(s) require(s) the most improvement or attention to improve quality of life, safety, and well-being in your community?

Thank you for completing this survey! 

If you have any additional questions about this survey or the Community Safety & Well-Being Plan, please reach out to your municipality.
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