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Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction - What has been done

Stewardship Group


The Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction​ (CAMHA) Stewardship Group has been established to advise on the development of the CAMHA Strategy. This group has been convened by The City to provide diverse viewpoints and expertise to the development of the CAMHA Strategy. This group will further engage community, medical experts, concerned citizens, key stakeholders and other orders of government, as required to develop the strategy.

Community Investment Table and Change Can’t Wait!


The City of Calgary earmarked $1 million for testing new initiatives through a fast pilot process called Change Can’t Wait!​.Community organizations participated in the funding by adding a combined $275,000.00. These organizations, together with The City, form the Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction “Community Investment Table”. They are:

  • Calgary Foundation
  • Calgary Health Trust
  • Hunter Family Foundation
  • United Way of Calgary and Area
  • Viewpoint Foundation

Funded projects for Round I of Change Can’t Wait! were announced in May 2020. Round II is now underway.

Funding for community-based projects

​​​​Council approved funds for projects designed to prevent mental health and addiction issues, aimed at promotion, early intervention and/or targeted intervention. Learn more about the organizations, projects and funding allocation​.


​​​In April 2019, an initial phase of engagement included perspectives from service providers, first responders, people with lived experience, peer support workers and City of Calgary staff.

A summary of findings can be found in the What We Heard report.

​Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Strategic Framework​

The Strategic Framework identifies (from outside in) the outcomes, strategic actions, and policy directions that serve as the foundation of the Community Action on Mental Health and Addiction Strategy as it develops.

At the centre of the framework is the core value of creating hope and strengthening support for people, families and communities living with mental health issues and addictions in order to improve quality of life.


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