On September 23, 2011, then Premier Dalton McGuinty visited CAMH with news of the approval of the third phase of CAMH's visionary Queen Street Redevelopment Project.
"We are fully committed to improving mental health services for Ontarians," said McGuinty. "That's why we're so pleased to support the third phase of redevelopment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health."
CAMH CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn (left) and then Premier Dalton McGuinty speak to front-line CAMH staff about the Queen Street Redevelopment Project during the Premier's visit to CAMH on September 23, 2011.
"We are extremely pleased with this commitment to move forward with CAMH's Redevelopment Project," said Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President and CEO. "This redevelopment promises to change the future of mental health and transform many, many lives."
CAMH will soon begin the planning process for this next phase of redevelopment, which will be an important stage in our redevelopment and will be an invaluable investment, not only in CAMH's future but in the future of mental health and addictions.
Phase 1C Timelines
Between now and mid-2015 Between now and mid-2015, we will be confirming the scope of the new Phase 1C buildings, including the total number of beds, and proceeding through an early design development stage. This will be achieved through the planning process,w hich will include a study of future mental health and addiction service trends, as well as a study of developments within CAMH since 2006 when we conducted our most recent master plan. We anticipate that we should be able to engage the community in the planning process in approximately mid-2014.
2015-2019 Projected timelines for Phase 1C of th CAMH Redevelopment Project indicate that in 2015/2016, a contractor will be procured through an RFP process. It is anticipated that construction on two new hospital buildings will begin in 2017, with the buildings being open and operational by late 2019.
In 2020, the demolition of Units 2 and 4 and the Community Centre will begin and will take approximately one year to complete. In fall 2020, work on roads and parks, and the addition of parking space to the Doctors' Association Building will take place.
Full completion of Phase 1C is envisioned to occur in 2021.
"We need to transform care for people with addictions and mental illness, replacing outmoded institutional facilities cilities with new, therapeutic buildings specially designed for independence, dignity, and recovery," said Zahn. "We need to change attitudes while we revitalize our community. We need to expand our research and advance our understanding of these devastating illnesses that directly affect one in five Canadians. This phase of the CAMH redevelopment will allow us to do this, and more."