Council moves forward with public consultation on potential CTS sites

Posted on Wednesday April 07, 2021

Community outreach to take place from April to July, 2021

Cambridge, Ontario. (April 7, 2021) – Last night, Council voted to move forward with a community consultation framework to gather public feedback from a variety of stakeholders on two potential candidate sites for a future Consumption and Treatment Service (CTS) in Cambridge.

The goal of the CTS consultation is to collect feedback on specific candidate sites and report back to Council on what was heard. This process will encourage the exchange of views and perspectives on the candidate sites through a variety of engagement options for the general public, near neighbours, service providers and potential CTS clients to provide input.

In December 2020, the community consultation framework was updated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safe options for community engagement. As well, recognizing that people participate in public consultation in different ways, activities will include the Engage Cambridge platform, online survey, kitchen table feedback forms and telephone calls/virtual meetings. Opportunities to participate will be communicated through social media, newspaper notifications, and postcard outreach to neighbours.

Following Council approval, community outreach will take place from April to July, 2021.

To determine the candidate sites, a cross-departmental staff project team reviewed 27 potential locations. Two potential sites: 15 Easton Street and 8 Oxford Street, were identified and evaluated using the Candidate Site Evaluation Checklist. These two sites met the most criteria according to the provincial and federal criteria, as well as criteria from the Region of Waterloo Public Health’s feasibility study. Public Health, who initiated the CTS process due to the serious impacts of the opioid crisis in the Waterloo Region, has been consulted and continues to work with the team.

Once the community consultation has been completed, in the fall of 2021, Council will receive a summary report with community feedback and the pros and cons identified for the potential sites. With this information, Council can determine if either of the sites would be a suitable location, or if both should be removed from consideration.

It’s important to note that, regardless of the outcome of the consultation, a potential health provider will still need to apply to oversee the operations of the site and follow all regional, provincial and federal requirements.

The full community consultation framework can be read here.

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