A Safe Community is one which reflects the passion and commitment of people who DREAM of a community that is free of injury and pain, and who DARE to commit to DO something tangible to realize that dream.
It is a community that puts people and processes in place to ensure that a blend of strategic activities and community involvement will have a significant impact on the rate of its injuries wherever and however they occur. It is a community that does more than desire that fewer of its citizens are injured; it is a community that has created the capacity to address its injury challenges in a thoughtful and practical way. To become designated as a Safe Community in Canada, a community must demonstrate that it has acquired the four attributes that all successful Canadian Safe Communities possess. The Community Action Plan defines those attributes and outlines the ten steps a community must take in order to acquire them.
A designated Safe Community is one which believes that a safe life is a basic right, and views its designation as a public affirmation of, and testament to, its aspiration to create a safer life for all its citizens.