Our vision is to create a central organizational hub on the Queen Street site that allows CAMH to draw on its interdisciplinary strengths in order to pursue a client-centered philosophy within an improved and healthy physical setting. The redevelopment will:
- provide a healthy environment to promote healing;
- enhance the ability of clients to access care;
- be a place that balances a continuing commitment to the care of those most in need with the provision of services to a broader community;
- provide the setting for a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to prevention, care, education and research, which enhances the ability to serve clients; and,
- help eliminate the stigma associated with mental health, addiction and the Queen Street site.
The Vision is based on three master planning objectives:
Create a hub on the Queen Street site -- The Queen Street site will be the organizational hub of CAMH. It will be designed to facilitate interaction and collaboration among the main organizational components of client care, prevention, education, and research. The hub will be linked to a network of community-based programs in satellite locations. Related programs and educational and research facilities will be also be located onsite in order to establish it as a multi-purpose health care, education, and research village.
Design the Queen Street site as an integrated community ("urban village") -- The institutional stigma related to the Queen Street site will be replaced with a community setting for client care. Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care guidelines note that health-promoting spaces require a normalization of activities within a village environment. The design will feature a pattern of buildings, streets, sidewalks, and open spaces that will integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood and create an inclusive community. It will contain a mix of uses and activities, creating a safe, comfortable, and welcoming place.
Respect the landscape on the Queen Street site -- The existing landscape is a significant resource. It will be maintained and improved to create a high-quality, client-centered, and health-promoting environment. The landscape features will have many functions, including private healing spaces for clients; public open spaces and activity areas to integrate with the surrounding community; and, attractive public amenities along the streets and sidewalks.
The full Redevelopment Project Vision and Policies is also available.