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Redeveloping the Queen Street Site

Three new buildings of Phase 1B: the Intergenerational Wellness Centre and the Bell Gateway Building are reflected in the windows of the Utilities and Parking Building.
New signage reflects the signature artwork for each building. The new Utilities and Parking Building houses an archival montage of the history of CAMH and mental health and addictions.
A sample of the archival montage that lines the walls of the main floor of the Utilities and Parking Building.
The Activities of Daily Living kitchen where clients learn functional living skills, such as cooking, kitchen safety, and household management, along with cognitive, physical, and social skills and abilities.
The entrance to the Bell Gateway Building.
The lobby of the Bell Gateway Building showcases the donor wall and CAMH’s First Impressions desk, where visitors receive a warm welcome and assistance.
The Provincial Alliance Credit Union has a new bright, open space in the Bell Gateway Building. PACU helps clients to have a typical banking experience.
A view of the metallic art sculpture of trees created by artist Wynn Walters, as you head up the stairs to the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
The message of hope, growth, and rebirth is prominent in this aluminum sculpture by artist Wynn Walters and displayed on the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
A view of the entrance to the Sacred Space Worship Room on the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
Looking out from the non-denominational Sacred Space Worship Room – a quiet, reflective place for clients, families, and staff.
The client-run Out of This World Café has a patio outside of its new location on the corner of Lower Ossington Avenue and Stokes Street.
The Intergenerational Wellness Centre makes a bold statement on the CAMH landscape.
Another view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
New signage reflects the signature artwork for each building. The new Intergenerational Wellness Centre houses a mosaic art piece originally designed by Workman Arts artist, Michael Morbach.
Designed by Workman Arts artist, Michael Morbach, this mosaic displayed in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre lobby represents the restrictiveness of mental illness and addiction, while reflecting the hope of help and recovery.
Clients in CAMH’s youth and geriatric programs, along with staff and community members, created five smaller mosaic pieces (based on the original) that have now been installed in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
The reception area for the Child, Youth and Family Program, located on the fourth floor of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
The REACH Classroom in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre is a partnership with the Toronto District School Board, providing care and treatment to youth while they complete their high school education.
A youth bedroom in the new 12-bed inpatient unit of the Child, Youth and Family Program for youth ages 14 – 18 with concurrent disorders; the first of its kind in Canada.
An outdoor terrace for the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
The hallways for the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre are wide and bright with handrails to make walking easier for elderly clients.
A double bedroom in the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the new Intergenerational Wellness Centre is used when patient history indicates that sharing would be appropriate and beneficial for clients.
A small, covered terrace for patients to relax and enjoy the outdoors located in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
Looking outside to the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre, a small mosaic piece can be seen hanging in front of the window.
The cornerstone and time capsule from the 1954 Administration Building has been integrated into the patients’ courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre; remembering the past and offering continuity with the future.
The outdoor courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre where young and old can enjoy age appropriate features. The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – is in the background.
The children’s play area in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
The basketball court in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre. The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – can be seen in the background.
A view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre from the basketball court in the building’s courtyard.
A view of the Bell Gateway Building from the basketball court located in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
The Utilities and Parking Building (foreground), Bell Gateway Building (middle), and the non-CAMH Building – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments (far) sit along Gordon Bell Road.
The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – comprises street-level retail with seven floors (179 new units) of affordable rental housing for the community.
A view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre as seen from the Shaw Street parking lot nestled between trees and older CAMH buildings.
  • Three new buildings of Phase 1B: the Intergenerational Wellness Centre and the Bell Gateway Building are reflected in the windows of the Utilities and Parking Building.
  • New signage reflects the signature artwork for each building. The new Utilities and Parking Building houses an archival montage of the history of CAMH and mental health and addictions.
  • A sample of the archival montage that lines the walls of the main floor of the Utilities and Parking Building.
  • The Activities of Daily Living kitchen where clients learn functional living skills, such as cooking, kitchen safety, and household management, along with cognitive, physical, and social skills and abilities.
  • The entrance to the Bell Gateway Building.
  • The lobby of the Bell Gateway Building showcases the donor wall and CAMH’s First Impressions desk, where visitors receive a warm welcome and assistance.
  • The Provincial Alliance Credit Union has a new bright, open space in the Bell Gateway Building. PACU helps clients to have a typical banking experience.
  • A view of the metallic art sculpture of trees created by artist Wynn Walters, as you head up the stairs to the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
  • The message of hope, growth, and rebirth is prominent in this aluminum sculpture by artist Wynn Walters and displayed on the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
  • A view of the entrance to the Sacred Space Worship Room on the second floor of the Bell Gateway Building.
  • Looking out from the non-denominational Sacred Space Worship Room – a quiet, reflective place for clients, families, and staff.
  • The client-run Out of This World Café has a patio outside of its new location on the corner of Lower Ossington Avenue and Stokes Street.
  • The Intergenerational Wellness Centre makes a bold statement on the CAMH landscape.
  • Another view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • New signage reflects the signature artwork for each building. The new Intergenerational Wellness Centre houses a mosaic art piece originally designed by Workman Arts artist, Michael Morbach.
  • Designed by Workman Arts artist, Michael Morbach, this mosaic displayed in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre lobby represents the restrictiveness of mental illness and addiction, while reflecting the hope of help and recovery.
  • Clients in CAMH’s youth and geriatric programs, along with staff and community members, created five smaller mosaic pieces (based on the original) that have now been installed in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • The reception area for the Child, Youth and Family Program, located on the fourth floor of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • The REACH Classroom in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre is a partnership with the Toronto District School Board, providing care and treatment to youth while they complete their high school education.
  • A youth bedroom in the new 12-bed inpatient unit of the Child, Youth and Family Program for youth ages 14 – 18 with concurrent disorders; the first of its kind in Canada.
  • An outdoor terrace for the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • The hallways for the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre are wide and bright with handrails to make walking easier for elderly clients.
  • A double bedroom in the Geriatric Mental Health Program in the new Intergenerational Wellness Centre is used when patient history indicates that sharing would be appropriate and beneficial for clients.
  • A small, covered terrace for patients to relax and enjoy the outdoors located in the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • Looking outside to the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre, a small mosaic piece can be seen hanging in front of the window.
  • The cornerstone and time capsule from the 1954 Administration Building has been integrated into the patients’ courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre; remembering the past and offering continuity with the future.
  • The outdoor courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre where young and old can enjoy age appropriate features. The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – is in the background.
  • The children’s play area in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • The basketball court in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre. The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – can be seen in the background.
  • A view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre from the basketball court in the building’s courtyard.
  • A view of the Bell Gateway Building from the basketball court located in the courtyard of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre.
  • The Utilities and Parking Building (foreground), Bell Gateway Building (middle), and the non-CAMH Building – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments (far) sit along Gordon Bell Road.
  • The first non-CAMH building on site – the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments – comprises street-level retail with seven floors (179 new units) of affordable rental housing for the community.
  • A view of the Intergenerational Wellness Centre as seen from the Shaw Street parking lot nestled between trees and older CAMH buildings.
 


The Vision - Transforming Lives Here

 

CAMH has embarked on a bold, multi-phase Redevelopment Project that is transforming lives. We are building a new kind of hospital for the 21st century – advancing treatment, revitalizing our community, and changing attitudes toward those with mental illness and addictions.

With two phases already complete, the CAMH Redevelopment Project – Transforming Lives Here – is converting our 27-acre site on Queen Street West into a welcoming, integrated community, weaving together new cutting-edge CAMH facilities with shops, residences, businesses, parks, and through-streets, creating an inclusive, healing neighbourhood. Nothing quite like this has ever been done before.
 
The CAMH Redevelopment Project is:
 
  • Delivering a new model of care and providing a healthy environment that promotes recovery
  • Bringing together the best research, clinical, education, health promotion, and policy experts in one place to change the future of mental health and addictions
  • Revitalizing our city by opening up our site and creating an inclusive new nine-block neighbourhood that benefits all
  • Changing attitudes by breaking down barriers to eliminate stigma

 

To learn more about the vision for this major redevelopment, see the complete Master Vision for Transforming Lives Here

Watch ‘the New Normal’, Walrus TV’s 2013 video about the CAMH Redevelopment.
 
 

The Realization

The three buildings of the current phase of the CAMH Redevelopment have been constructed on the CAMH Queen Street site at the same time as the the first non-CAMH building - the Ossington-Queen Street Rental Apartments. This apartment building includes much needed, affordable rental housing, along with street level retail.


 
The First Phase (Phase 1A - 2008)

The first phase of the Queen Street Redevelopment Project was completed in April 2008. Clients are experiencing the benefits of care in new home-like surroundings with private spaces and washrooms, reflection areas, exercise facilities, and gardens. For more information on this first phase, go to Phase 1A - Improving CAMH's Quality of Care.


The Second Phase (Phase 1B - 2012)

This phase began in early 2010 and is the definitive break from the existing institutional Queen Street campus towards the realization of our vision of an integrated, inclusive community that includes new streets, sidewalks, and three new CAMH facilities, which opened their doors in June 2012. For more information on this phase, go to
Phase 1B - Transforming Lives.
 
The Future (Phase 1C - new buildings by 2019)
CAMH's bold new hospital will be home to the best care, research, education, and health promotion anywhere in the world while also playing an important role in the renaissance of our city – bringing energy and excitement, and contributing to the economic health of the Queen West community.
 
The third phase (Phase 1C) of the redevelopment plans include two new hospital buildings that will bring together many of CAMH’s research staff and education staff and build on one of CAMH’s signature strengths: integration. Physically linking research scientists with clinicians, educators, and health promotion professionals will mean we are more able to create timely, relevant research having the greatest possible impact.
 
And later, new community buildings will be mixed-use buildings combining retail, office, and residential will complete the redevelopment of our Queen Street site.
 
For more information on this future phase, go to What's Coming Next in Site Redevelopment.
 
 
For the latest updates, go to Latest News and Updates
 
 

To keep informed about this exciting project, subscribe to our updates by sending an email to redevelopment.feedback@camh.ca

 

For further information, contact:

Redevelopment Office
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Phone: 416-535-8501, ext. 33330
E-mail: redevelopment.feedback@camh.ca

 

This website provides a comprehensive overview of the Redevelopment Project and is divided into the following sections:

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