Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Name of Community: Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Country: Canada
Number of inhabitants: 103 334 (2008 Census) Programme started year: 1992
International Safe Communities Network Membership: Yes Designation year: 1995, Re-designations2005, 2010
Web Site for the programme: www.safecommunitywb.ca International Safe Community No: 12
For Further Information contact:
Name: Elaine Read or Jennifer Smith
Institution: Safe Community Wood Buffalo
Address: #206, 10010 Franklin Avenue
Postal Code: T9H 2K6 City: Fort McMurray, AB
Phone (Country code included): 1-780-743-0006 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Websites:www.safecommunitywb.ca;www.RoadWatchOnTheMove.ca
Wood Buffalo Safe/Healthy Community Network
INTERNATIONAL SAFE COMMUNITY RE-DESIGNATION 5 Year Update 2005-2010
Key Updates (since December 7, 2005)
With the economic boom of the oil sands, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has seen rapid population growth. According to the 2008 Municipal Census, the region has a population of 103,334 – an increase of 41.2% from 2005. From 1999-2008, the region has seen an average growth rate of 10.5% and, between 2005-2008, work camps accounted for 53% of the population growth.
In 2009, over sixty community stakeholders participated in a Priority Setting exercise organized by Safe Community Wood Buffalo. Participants at this exercise reviewed injury statistics and perception statements to identify through community consensus the top injury priorities for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
Quantitative Data: Injury statistics for the RMWB and the Northern Lights Health Region were reviewed with participants and given a ranking based on frequency per 100,000 population.
Qualitative Assessment: Participants ranked the injury issues according to their perception of the issue as it related to 7 defined qualitative statements.
Top 3 injury priorities based on final rankings: 1. MotorVehicles
Safe Community Wood Buffalo is committed to working closely with stakeholders to address all three injury issues: the first two are being addressed through the Road Safety Wood Buffalo Committee and Childhood Injury Prevention Committee. The third priority, Suicide & Self Harm, will be addressed in 2011.
Road Safety Wood Buffalo Committee. Committee Chair: Elaine Read
Launch of local road safety web-site: www.RoadWatchOnTheMove.ca
RoadWatchOnTheMove campaign: winner of 2 awards in 2008 : National
Safe Communities Award of Excellence and runner-up for CN Safer
Alberta Awards. Campaign is designed around visual messaging.
Presenter at Calgary Injury Prevention Coalition/Safer Calgary
Complete Streets- host. This workshop provided residents with an
opportunity to assess current conditions for sustainable transportation, understand its strengths, weaknesses and priorities, learn best practices for design, and provide input on next steps. A follow-up charette process is in the planning stages.
Top 6 high collision intersections identified and signage erected.
Radar recorder purchased to monitor traffic flow, speed, gap and vehicle
size at identified hazardous locations
Road Safety and Winter Driving presentations developed for deliver to
community: industry requests, new immigrants, general public
Curb the Danger event looked at a campaign to reduce impaired
Partner with Safe Ride, an event that promotes the safe riding of
Positive Ticketing check-stops with Committee & RCMP to reinforce &
reward good driving behaviour
Childhood Injury Prevention Committee. Committee Chair: Jenifer Smith
Family Safety Day has become more successful each year with over 1100 people attending, 52 exhibitors, and 17 sponsors. This event has expanded in scope each year, attracting a more diverse age group. Evaluations from the event are extremely positive annually.
Rural Bike Rodeos & helmet fitting delivered to rural communities annually (since 2008).
ATV Public Education presentation at rural communities
Hallowe’en Safety Initiative: school safety talks, reflective slap bracelets,
and cross walk guards
Monthly messaging to youth through safety contests in schools and on
Vista Ridge Ski Lift to Safety Fair: snow sport helmet fitting, snow sport engraving (anti-theft), snow sport equipment checks, information & demonstrations on brain injuries
Bike Helmet Fitting: Free helmets and helmet fitting for public