Orillia Community Action Network

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.

OCAN’s Mission

To support our most vulnerable through a collaborative community network.

OCAN aims to improve access to services, reduce victimization, and facilitate positive outcomes for people in need.

OCAN’S Priorities

To build organizational membership and increase community collaboration.

To successfully design and implement the OCAN Model that includes a Community Planning Table and a Situational Table. 

To develop a Community Safety Plan for Orillia

OCAN defines a safe community as:

One where people feel secure and respected.

One where people can trust the system to support and protect them.

One that is inclusive of all people.

One that values the presence and engagement of all people. 

One that provides equal access to all services and supports. 

One that empowers people to take ownership of their problems.

One where people and agencies communicate collaboratively to provide solutions to community problems.

Community Planning Table

The community planning table focuses on the broader notions of community safety and well-being. It identifies community priorities and generates local solutions for systemic change.

Situation Table

The situation table examines issues of acutely elevated risk brought forward by any one of the service providers in Orillia. Through immediate coordinated efforts, it mobilizes existing resources to address the risks, minimize harm, and provide a short-term solution to the challenge being faced. 

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 consists of 4-6 members including the co-chairs of both the Community Table and the Situation Table.

Monthly meetings are held to address emergent issues that require consideration for planning and coordinating functions.

Every 2 years the Steering Committee will review the existing strategic planning process. 

Annual reviews based on participation, communication, and the progress of OCAN’s mission will be conducted.