We want to stay in touch with you and the community. Whether you're an area resident, run a local business, or belong to a local community or school-based committee or coalition, you can find out more about what's happening locally at CAMH here.
CAMH community ambassadors are easily identifiable in their purple attire. They are often the first point of contact for visitors to our site, providing a warm greeting, wayfinding assistance and information about CAMH. They play a key role in supporting CAMH’s tobacco-free policy. Feel free to approach them for any questions you may have— they are always happy to help. At our information desks, our information officers are available to answer inquiries in person, or you can reach them by phone at 416 595-6111 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen Street Redevelopment Project
CAMH is in the midst of a bold redevelopment project to transform our historic 27-acre site on Queen Street West into the mental health facility of the future—a facility that will modernize and unite patient care, research, education, health promotion and prevention activities and integrate with the surrounding community. This journey began as a vision soon after CAMH was formed in 1998.
We are now in the third phase (Phase 1C) of the redevelopment. This phase includes the construction of two new buildings—the McCain Complex Care and Recovery Centre and the Crisis and Critical Care Building —that will feature 235 beds, a 24/7 Emergency Department, a 300-seat auditorium and a unique "therapeutic neighbourhood" for patients. Construction is expected to be complete by 2020.
From the beginning of the redevelopment project, our neighbours have been actively involved, providing us with feedback and insight that we gathered through eight community consultations, regular meetings with residents of 100 Lower Ossington Avenue, frequent community walks and our regular and ongoing involvement with the West Queen West BIA.
If you have ideas or feedback about the Queen Street Redevelopment Project, please send them to email@example.com.
Community Update: Week of October 15
Emergency Evacuation Test
Our construction partner, PCL, will be conducting an emergency evacuation test of both CAMH construction sites on Wednesday, October 17 at 11:45 a.m. The test will commence with three blasts of an air horn. Please note this is only a test.
Temporary Gas Installation to CAMH Construction Sites
Our construction partner, PCL, has arranged for Enbridge to install gas lines to both CAMH construction sites on Wednesday, October 17.
As a result, the north section of Gordon Bell Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Queen Street West to the laneway between 100 Lower Ossington Ave. Immediately following that, Lower Ossington Avenue will be closed from Queen Street West to the laneway until 4 p.m. The laneway will remain open to traffic the entire day.
PCL staff will be on site to help direct traffic and routes for emergency vehicles will be maintained.
Shoppers Love. You
Shoppers Drug Mart approached CAMH to help promote women's mental health in Canada. As part of this partnership, CAMH developed an evidence-based mental health toolkit that will help women self-assess their mental well-being. The toolkit is validated by research, accessible, easy-to-use and is now available online.
CAMH celebrated the opening of our new state-of-the-art greenhouse, and our 15-year partnership with FoodShare and Parkdale Green Thumb Enterprises, with an official grand opening event on Tuesday, May 5, 2018. Around 75 people gathered behind Unit 3 around 12 noon, with the first 20 guests receiving a potted plant courtesy of FoodShare.
Over the last ten years, the Sunshine Garden program has encouraged clients with an interest in gardening to participate in planning, planting, watering and weeding the green space at the south end of the CAMH Queen Street West location. The program uses horticulture as a way to provide patients with transferable skills, such as teamwork and entrepreneurship. Many of the participants say that it also helps to build self-confidence and restores a sense of hope and purpose to their day-to-day lives.
A centerpiece public artwork sets the tone for many of the visual aspects of the latest buildings, creating an interconnected and welcoming environment for patients and staff. The CAMH Art Selection Panel put a call out to local artists for letters of interest as part of the current phase of redevelopment. There will be 10 public-facing pieces selected, along with 25 stand-alone pieces for corridors and waiting areas.
Visit our events calendar to stay up-to-date on what's happening at CAMH and in our supportive community.