The Cancer Assistance Program was founded in 1993 by a group of volunteers who saw a need to help individuals and families affected by cancer. This need had become more evident with the closing of the Mountain Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society the previous year. CAP would be dedicated to patient services. Transportation to clinic and medical appointments, provision of supplies and equipment and comforting of those suffering from cancer became the primary focus of the Cancer Assistance Program. This new service for cancer patients would be independent of the Canadian Cancer Society and any other organization or government which might deter it from its role or use its funds for other purposes.
The Cancer Assistance Program, with the inspiration of Don Muir, a respected and recognized community leader, commenced operation in Sherwood Secondary School in the East Mountain, but soon moved to Holy Trinity Church on Fennell Avenue where it remained for a number of years. CAP, as it became known, was soon outgrowing its space and in need of a larger facility. A decision was made to purchase a house on Concession Street, where CAP could continue to grow and better serve the community.