In 2018, the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area (SDC) embarked on a collective impact initiative called Vibrant Communities. They engaged policy makers, healthcare workers, non-profit professionals, business owners, people with lived experience and many more from across SDGCA. The objective was to assess the greatest risks and find the biggest issues the communities are faced with. The goal was to then take action collectively and address those largest societal issues, the pillars, with a strong focus on prevention.

Their 5 pillars, as determined by the community are: Mental Health, Health Services, Poverty, Community Safety and Community Well-being.

On January 1, 2019, the Government of Ontario mandated municipalities (single and upper tier) to prepare and adopt a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan (CSWB). As part of these legislative changes, municipalities are required to work in partnership with police services, health/mental health, education, community/social services and children/youth services as they undertake the planning process.

The goal of this plan is to achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, access to services and where individuals and families are able to meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression.