Orillia Community Action Network (OCAN)

The Orillia Community Action Network (OCAN) is a multi-agency network that aims to improve community well-being, safety and security through joint identification, analysis, response, and evaluation. This strategy shifts the focus from traditional ideas of community and police organizational responses to a more effective integration model.


Through a collaborative community network, OCAN aims to support our most vulnerable by improving their access to services, reducing victimization and facilitating positive outcomes for people in need in order to improve community safety, security and wellbeing.

OCAN’S Priorities

  • To build organizational membership and increased community collaboration
  • To successfully design and implement the O-CAN Model that includes a Community Planning Table and a Situational Table
  • To develop a Community Safety Plan for Orillia

O-CAN defines a safe community as:

  • One where people feel secure, respected and have trust in the systems that exist to support and protect them;
  • One that is inclusive of all people and provides equitable access to the services and support that they need to improve their  situations;
  • One built on respectful relationships, where people and agencies work and communicate collaboratively to provide support and solutions to community problems;
  • One that values the presence and engagement of all people from law enforcement and public bodies to the individual, so that people are fairly represented and empowered to take ownership of problems and participate in finding solutions together.

The O-CAN Model: Community Planning and Situation Tables

Element 1

The Community Planning Table focuses upon the broader notions of community safety and well-being by identifying community priorities and generating local solutions for systemic change and long term strategies formed through experience, research and analysis.


Element 2

Through immediate coordinated efforts, the Situation Table examines issues of acutely elevated risk as recognized across a number of service providers, mobilizing existing resources to address risks, minimize harm and afford short term solutions of issues faced by individuals, families, and the broader community.


How is OCAN governed?

  • The Steering Committee provides leadership, oversight and coordination to both the Community Planning Table and the Situation Table.
  • The Steering Committee will consist of the 4-6 members including the Co-Chairs of both the Community Table and the Situation Table.
  • The Committee will meet monthly or at the discretion of the Co-Chairs to address emergent issues that require consideration for planning and coordinating function
  • The Steering Committee will take on a strategic planning process every 2 years. The Steering Committee will review the existing Strategic Plan/Goals every September. Performance of the O-CAN will be evaluated annually, based on many indicators such as participation, communication, progress on outcomes related to the O-CAN mission, Situational and Community Planning Table work plans and outcomes, etc.

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