The Safe Communities Foundation works in partnership with the private and public sectors to improve the health and safety of workers and people throughout the community. The goal of the Safe Communities Foundation is to eliminate injuries, while promoting a culture of safety across the country. Working at both a grassroots and global level, the Foundation believes that safe communities are a basic human right. The Foundation has already established partnerships with communities in Ontario and Alberta.
At the local level, the Foundation works with community organizations to bring occupational health and safety expertise to small businesses and links them to many other community-wide safety initiatives. It raises funds from the private sector to support the injury prevention programs developed locally. The Foundation has produced a booklet to help interested communities through the process of launching a safe communities project. It is available from the Safe Communities Foundation by phoning (416) 964-0008 or faxing (416) 964-0089, or on the website http://www.safecommunities.ca/
For Ontario, the Safe Communities Foundation lists the following established "Safe Communities" - Greater Belleville; Rainy River District; Lambton County; Smith Falls; Kingston; Brockville; Waterloo; Peterborough; and recent additions of Orillia, Owen Sound and Pickering/Ajax.
The Peter Drucker Foundation of Canada recently gave an Award for Innovation in 1998 to Safe Communities Programs and s described them on their web-site - http://www.drucker.com/html/1998_winners.html