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. 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."
CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn
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:
- The McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre featuring in- and
outpatient services for people with complex mental illness, as well as
- A Crisis and Critical Care building, including a 24/7 emergency department, inpatient units, as well as other programming.
- The extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street, enlarging Shaw Park and public amenities.
Rendering of CAMH’s future McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre
The McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre 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, including the arts, to enhance and support their recovery.
- Research and Education facilities
- Library and Patient & Family Mental Health Education and Supports (open to the public)
Rendering of CAMH’s future Crisis and Critical Care Building
The Crisis and Critical 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 in Fall 2017, and be completed by 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 2021.
Once demolition is complete, CAMH will begin the extension of Stokes Street through to Shaw Street. This will further integrate CAMH into the community, allowing better flow of traffic through our campus. Upgrades to Shaw Park will include a new interactive water feature. By increasing our accessibility, we help make CAMH part of the neighbourhood, engage the community and continue to reduce the prejudice associated with mental illness and addictions.
The entire phase, including the related demolition of older buildings, new road and parkland, will be completed by 2021.
Please join us for a community meeting on September 28th, 6:30-8:30, at the Queen
Street site, Training room A. After years of planning and consultation the
construction of this third phase will begin late October 2017. CAMH
Redevelopment and the Plenary team will provide an overview of the project and
what we can expect during construction. On March 3,
2017 CAMH officially announced Plenary Health as our partner, to design,
build, finance and maintain the current phase of the Queen Street
Redevelopment Project–1C. From the
Plan of 2002 onwards the goal has been to ensure the
integration of CAMH's clinical care, education, research and other functions
with shared public elements such as courtyards, a library, auditorium and green
spaces. This is an important step in the multi-phase project that aims to
transform care and change the future of mental health, while revitalizing
CAMH's connection to the community. For more information, see the
overview from the Fall 2015 public meeting; a Q&A about the City of Toronto
September 2015 Public Hearing on CAMH’s Minor Variance/Permission
Application; and the latest Conservation
plan for Phase 1C from ERA (PDF).