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Community Support Initiatives

Supporting people with complex needs and criminal justice involvement as they transition from incarceration back into the community

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About Community Support Initiatives

Community Support Initiatives (CSI) works to support people with complex needs and criminal justice involvement as they transition from incarceration back into the community. The program helps people either on remand or sentenced at a BC provincial institution, who have a bail hearing scheduled in the next three to eight weeks.


Working in collaboration with BC Corrections and BC Housing, our CSI team provides personalized support to individuals and sets them up for a safe and successful transition by: 

  • Supporting individuals to find and maintain safe and secure housing 
  • Assisting with employment, education, filing taxes, applying for identification, navigating social systems such as provincial income assistance, and life skills 
  • Connecting individuals to key community support services including referrals for substance abuse treatment and mental health supports 
  • Supporting individuals to locate available doctors, dentists, mental health services, and other health services 
  • Assisting in arranging transportation from prison to accommodations upon release 
  • Reducing experiences of isolation 
  • Providing information on individual rights and responsibilities in the community 


Fraser Valley Interior Okanagan Lower Mainland Northern BC Vancouver Island
If you are looking for this service in another location in BC or the Yukon, please contact us to connect with a Connective partner in your community.

Admission Criteria

  • Currently on remand or sentenced at a provincial correctional centre in BC 
  • Have a bail hearing scheduled in the next three to eight weeks 
  • Have no listed address at the time of release or a history of homelessness 
  • A willingness to actively participate in the program, and with outreach staff 

How to Apply

Program participants are often referred through BC Corrections, self-referral is also possible through contacting your local outreach worker. 


What are the Goals of CSI?

The Goals of Community Support Initiatives are to:   


  • Support people to achieve their self-identified needs and goals by connecting them with individualized services in the community 


  • Advance public safety 

How fast can I access services, and what does that process look like?

This program operations in collaboration with BC Corrections. Connective liaisons reach out to the program with referrals, and outreach workers begin scheduling intakes that week. Community self-referrals can expect a call back for an intake within the week of them reaching out. 

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