About CAI

The Community Action Initiative was created to support community-led projects focusing on mental health and substance use issues in British Columbia.

The Community Action Initiative (CAI) was established by the BC Alliance for Mental Health/Illness in 2008 through an initial $10-million grant from the Province of British Columbia. We received an additional $15-million grant from the Province of BC in 2013.

We provide funding and training opportunities for community-based organizations across BC to develop and implement innovative service projects that respond to the needs of individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in their communities. Our work complements the Provincial government’s Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia and to the BC First Nations & Aboriginal People’s Mental Wellness and Substance Use – 10 Year Plan.

As a group, the CAI Leadership Council represents a cross-section of interests and experience. Our collective expertise stems from lived experience, research, advocacy, volunteer and work practice. Our members represent community social services, business, labour, government, Aboriginal leadership agencies and representatives from the BC Alliance for Mental Health/Illness and Addiction.

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