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

Seasons change – and CAMH springs into history …

… A groundbreaking to make CAMH's Queen Street site Toronto’s most life-changing address

Think of it as breaking new ground on very old territory. It’s also history in the making.

The golden shovel digs in for Phase IB of the CAMH’s Queen Street Redevelopment Project (l-r): Angela Foot, client; Dante Larcade, Roseland Gallery owner and Chair, West Queen West BIA; Ana Lopes, CAMH Foundation Vice-Chair; Joe Pantalone, Deputy Mayor of Toronto; Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH President & CEO; Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure; Nick Carveth, client; and emcee Andy Barrie.
Today CAMH embarked on the second phase of our landmark redevelopment project. Here we’ll transform the Queen Street site into an ‘urban village,’ where being part of the community is part of the treatment. This about much more than new buildings - it’s a project that advances a progressive, modern approach to working with those with mental illness and addiction, community integration and city-building. And it’s all happening on ground that has housed a psychiatric facility since 1850.
When completed, CAMH’s Intergenerational Wellness Centre will place specialized youth and geriatrics services side by side.

Once this landmark phase is completed, neighbours and visitors will notice obvious changes – extending local streets like Ossington Avenue onto our 27-acre Queen Street site. They’ll also see pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and of course, new buildings – three new CAMH facilities and a new non-CAMH building, right on Queen Street West (to be developed by Forum Verdiroc), with ground-level retail and much-needed affordable rental housing.

In the new CAMH Gateway Building, the client-run run Out of this World Café and its sidewalk patio will add to the street life and create a neighbourhood atmosphere, and will share a new gymnasium and green spaces with the community.

The Out of this World Café will be located in the new CAMH Gateway building.

The 60-bed Intergeneration Wellness Centre (IWC) will place services for children and youth alongside those of its Geriatric Mental Health Program to foster the greatest possible degree of integration and collaboration to benefit our clients.

The IWC will feature Canada’s first dedicated beds for youth aged 14-18 who are contending with both mental health and addictions issues (concurrent disorders), along with day-treatment programs to help at-risk youth before they require a hospital bed.

Parking and Utilities Building.
Green is the colour. A new Parking and Utilities Building considerably reduces CAMH’s environmental footprint by centralizing natural-gas heating and cooling for all of CAMH’s new facilities and eliminating surface parking. In fact it’s one of several ways this redevelopment is ‘green.’ (see “Green is the colour” below)

Green is the colour

CAMH is building the first hospital buildings in Ontario to meet LEED Gold environmental certification

  • New buildings will save nearly 33% of energy costs
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 220 fewer cars on the road
  • White roofs and a partial green roof
  • Underground bicycle racks and showers to encourage cycling
  • Public transportation will come into the site
  • Sustainable design – building design is flexible rather than purpose-built, to ensure adaptability to future needs
  • Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and attention to landscaping and green spaces
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