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Phase 1B: Transforming Lives Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Phase 1B: 2010-2012

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With this phase in the Queen Street Redevelopment Project, CAMH is delivering what it has promised from the beginning: the replacement of an institutional campus with a real community setting for client care.​
This phase began in early 2010 and is making great strides towards our vision of providing high-quality and integrated addictions and mental health care in a revitalized neighbourhood.
It is also 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 the vision and master plan, visit Master Plan and Other Documents.
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The Intergenerational Wellness Centre (seen above) combines CAMH’s Child, Youth and Family Program and Geriatric Mental Health Program. 

The inpatient unit of the Child, Youth and Family Program in this building includes 12 new beds for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who are dealing with both addictions and mental health issues, a vulnerable and high-needs group. These are the first dedicated beds of their kind in Canada and reflect CAMH’s commitment to extending high-quality care to under-serviced groups. A photo of a youth bedroom is shown below.  

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The Intergenerational Wellness Centre also houses CAMH's Geriatric Mental Health Program, which combines 48 inpatient beds (photo of double geriatric bedroom shown below) with a suite of outpatient programming and supports. The integration of geriatric mental health inpatient and outpatient programs in one building will simplify and improve client access to CAMH’s programs and reflects our client-centered philosophy of care.

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A double bedroom in the Geriatric Mental Health Program is used when patient history indicates that sharing would be appropriate and beneficial for clients. 


The Bell Gateway Building (shown below) is the new administrative, support service, and outpatient facility, bringing together a variety of outpatient programs, key central clinical services, and support and administrative functions required.

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The lobby of the Bell Gateway Building is open, bright, and inviting as seen below.32183-M-01-M.jpg

Richard Johnson / Richard Johnson Photography

The Bell Gateway Building also features our client-run "Out of this World" Café, which is a street-front café with a sidewalk patio (seen below). This building also houses a state-of-the-art gymnasium.

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Below, an evening photo of the Bell Gateway Building with the Doctors Association Building (formerly the Utilities and Parking Building) to its left.

Richard Johnson / Richard Johnson Photography
The Doctors Association Building (shown below) has several levels of parking spaces, a central plant with heating and cooling functions for all three Phase 1B buildings, and facilities, featuring bookable meeting spaces. There are also be client assessment and training spaces that feature laundry and kitchen facilities. Meeting rooms with video-conferencing capability can be booked by the community after hours.

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Oversized windows in all the new buildings, tree-lined boulevards, new roads, sidewalks, and boulevards, as well as the first non-CAMH building (the Ossinton-Queen Street Rental Apartments) comprising a mix of retail and affordable residential units, not only give shape to this vibrant downtown community, but animate the street level in this revitalized neighbourhood.


For more photos of the Phase 1B redevelopment, take the virtual tour.


Integration, Collaboration, and Flexibility

Silos between addictions and mental health treatment are coming down as CAMH’s programs come together at the Queen Street site. Furthermore, the Queen Street redevelopment is not just a Toronto story; in our redevelopment, CAMH will provide clinical training for physicians, nurses, and allied health care workers. All of Ontario will benefit from our specialized care.
We can never know exactly how medical science will change addictions and mental health care in the future, but we can build flexible buildings that can accommodate changing needs and uses over time. Through the construction of flexible buildings, CAMH’s Redevelopment Project will ensure that our facilities can keep pace with advances in treatment. For more information on flexible buildings, go to Innovative Site Design.




Future Site
Watch a short video 'fly through' depicting what the site will look like in the future.



For updates on the construction activities of the CAMH Queen Street Redevelopment Project, go to Latest News and Updates


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