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Phase 1C: 2014-2020 Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Phase 1C: 2014-2020

Third Phase of CAMH’s Queen Street Redevelopment Project

CAMH’s Vision 2020  takes a bold step forward with the third phase of the Queen Street Redevelopment Project (Phase 1C).

"This is the next step in our transformation of care for people with mental illness,” says CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn. “Our new buildings will be designed as respectful and dignified spaces that promote healing and recovery. They will support our academic mission as we work to advance mental health locally and globally, today and in the future. This phase of our redevelopment will contribute to the vitality of our community and advance the positive changes we are seeing in social attitudes toward mental health."

Phase 1C will include construction of two new buildings that will feature 235 beds for those most in need: people who are acutely ill as well as those experiencing the most complex forms of mental illness, especially patients with schizophrenia.

Phase 1C will co-locate research and education spaces adjacent to clinical care to create collaborative opportunities for knowledge exchange, discovery and learning that will improve care as well as advance knowledge.

Phase 1C will include:

  • A Complex Care building featuring in- and outpatient services for people with complex mental illness, as well as supportive programming

  • An Acute Care building, including a 24/7 emergency department, inpatient units, as well as other programming

  • The extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street, and Workman Way to Adelaide Street West, enlarging Shaw Park and public amenities

The Complex Care UnitRendering of CAMH’s future Complex Care Building

The Complex Care Building will be one of CAMH’s signature buildings on Queen Street West. It will sit just east of Lower Ossington, next to the existing Intergenerational Wellness building. It will house a number of programs and features, including our:

  • Inpatient complex mental illness units

  • Simulation Learning Centre

  • Temerty Centre for Brain Stimulation

  • ‘Therapeutic neighbourhood’ where clients can choose skill development and other types of programming to enhance and support their recovery, such as life skills, yoga, and the arts.

  • Research and Education facilities

  • Library and Patient & Family Mental Health Education and Supports (open to the public)

  • Auditorium

The Acute Care Building
Rendering of CAMH’s future Acute Care Building

The Acute Care building will be located on Queen Street West just west of Gordon Bell Rd. Programs and features will include:

  • 24/7 Emergency Department and Extended Assessment Unit

  • Partial Hospital Program

  • Inpatient complex mental illness units - all client beds in this building will have a view of therapeutic green space

  • Outreach Service (formerly Telepsychiatry)

  • Transitional Age Youth Day Program (formerly Board of Education classrooms)

The two new buildings will eventually replace two of the current units on the site, Units 2 and 4, and the maintenance building.  In addition, all emergency and inpatient services currently located at CAMH's College Street site will be relocated to Phase 1C at Queen Street.

Phase 1C Timelines

Construction of the new buildings is expected to begin late 2016/early 2017, and be completed by late 2019/early 2020.

Once staff and clients have been moved into the new buildings, demolition of Units 2 and 4 and the maintenance building will begin and continue through 2020.

Once demolition is complete, CAMH will begin the extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street and Workman Way down to Adelaide Street West. This will further integrate CAMH into the community, allowing better flow of traffic through our campus. By increasing our accessibility, we help make CAMH part of the neighbourhood, engage the community and continue to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and addictions.

The entire phase, including the related demolition of older buildings, new roads and parkland, will be completed by mid-2021.

Current News

March 2015 was the first step in the procurement process, the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), to pre-qualify development project teams to respond to a request for proposals (RFP). The announcement of three shortlisted teams pre-qualified to design, build, finance and maintain this phase of the project was made in August, 2015. The RFP is expected to be released early in 2016.

The City of Toronto mailed a Public Hearing Notice to the Queen Street neighbours re CAMH’s Minor Variance/Permission Application to be held on September 9, 2015 at Toronto City Hall. CAMH’s has prepared a Q and A about this Application.

Community members and stakeholders learned more about phase 1C of CAMH’s Queen Street site Redevelopment at a public meeting held in October 2015.
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