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.


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[...]

COVID-19 and Community Grants

During this time of great uncertainty, many in the not-for-profit sector are grappling with COVID-19 planning and response. While we are still trying to understand the full impact of the[...]

What’s Caught Our Attention – February 2020

Rural and Indigenous Overdose Action Exchange The Rural and Indigenous Overdose Action Exchange (ODAX) report is out! Taking place on October 1-2, 2019, ODAX 2019 was the first gathering to[...]

Q&A with Malcolm Tourangeau and Chris Livingstone

This month, Malcolm Tourangeau and Chris Livingstone joined us at the CAI office to answer questions about their work as members of CAI’s Overdose Prevention and Education Network (OPEN) Evaluation[...]