News & Updates

Keep up to date with the Community Action Initiative news & updates below.

The Community Action Initiative provides grant and training opportunities for community-based organizations across BC to develop and deliver innovative projects that respond to the needs of individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges.


What’s Caught our Attention – October 2020

Act Now! Decriminalizing Drugs in Vancouver Pivot Legal Society has released Act Now: Decriminalizing Drugs in Vancouver. This report is a technical brief with one main recommendation: That non-federal orders[...]

What’s Caught our Attention – August 2020

Keeping Families Together Keeping Families Together (KFT) is a grassroots peer-led advocacy group aiming to provide preventive community care and support in place of unnecessary child apprehensions. KFT honours parents’[...]

Five Questions with Brenda Plant

This month, we have Brenda Plant, Executive Director of Turning Point Recovery Society, joining us to answer five questions related to Turning Point and her work. Turning Point Recovery Society[...]

Statement on Racism

Dear CAI Grantees, Partners, Friends, In the past three weeks, millions of people have taken to the streets to protest the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery[...]

What’s Caught our Attention – June 2020

Dr. Bonnie Henry, the overdose crisis and decriminalization BC declared a state of emergency in March 2020 due to COVID-19. That month, 112 people died of an overdose in BC.[...]

What’s Caught our Attention – April 2020

COVID-19 Harm Reduction Resources With two converging crises in Canada (COVID-19 and drug poisoning), the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition has compiled resources and guidance for people who use drugs and[...]

Principled Engagement with Indigenous People

Written by: Jennifer Alsop, Manager of Policy and Evaluation In January of this year, on unceded Squamish, Tseil-Waututh, and Musqueam lands, CAI welcomed Rain Daniels and Chelsey Branch to guide[...]