After two years of consultation with thousands of British Columbians and multiple stakeholders on the future use of the Riverview Lands, the Province today released a Vision for Renewing Riverview Lands.
The vision highlights five key themes – mental health and substance-use care, heritage and environment, a complete community, housing and economic development – that emerged during the consultation process.
As a first step, the Province will be relocating three programs to Riverview, currently located on the Willingdon Lands in Burnaby:
- Centre for Mental Health and Addiction
- Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre
- Provincial Assessment Centre
The programs will move into new, state-of-the-art buildings at Riverview, designed specifically to meet the needs of clients.
The Province will invest a total of approximately $175 million to construct two new buildings, a 105-bed mental health facility to replace the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, and a new facility to accommodate the 28-bed Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and the 10-bed Provincial Assessment Centre (see the backgrounder for more information). Further details about the relocation will be available at a later date.
Establishing mental-health care facilities at the Riverview Lands is among the topics that received strong public and stakeholder support during the engagement and consultation process which led to the vision.
These services will add to a system of care that wraps around the patient, providing an improved community-based network of support that will include the new 75-bed mental-health facility at the redeveloped Royal Columbian Hospital site, set to open in 2019, and the assertive outreach team, intensive case management team for youth and assertive community treatment teams established in the Lower Mainland.
A Vision for Renewing Riverview Lands lays out a master development plan for a comprehensive mixed-use community that will include a healthcare district as well as market and supportive housing. The approach is designed to balance the priorities and objectives of a wide range of stakeholders in the community, non-profit and health care sector, Kwikwetlem First Nation and the Province.
The vision document is posted on the Renewing Riverview website: http://renewingriverview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/A-Vision-For-Renewing-Riverview.pdf
British Columbians are invited to comment prior to the document being presented to the City of Coquitlam in early 2016.
Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing –
“Over the last two years the Province has engaged and consulted individuals, groups and key stakeholders on the future use of the Riverview Lands. We heard a broad range of opinions and the vision document seeks to balance these interests. This document will help guide the long-range development of the Lands, while recognizing the history and importance of Riverview to everyone in the province.”
Terry Lake, Minister of Health –
“The promise outlined in our provincial mental-health plan was to a provide a wrap-around system of care for those with severe mental health or substance use concerns, who face constant and life-altering barriers. Today’s announcement takes us closer to providing those crucial services by repurposing the former Riverview lands to meet our vision of a community that helps those most in need.”
Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development –
“Knowing that the Maples programs would need to relocate, the Province has been working hard to come up with a solution that will best meet the needs of children and youth. Receiving final approval to build a brand new facility is a positive step for our clients and our staff. The new facility will be designed with our clients’ unique needs in mind and will provide a safe, inviting and calming environment for decades to come.”
Michelle Stilwell, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation –
“Moving the Provincial Assessment Centre to Riverview is an important step, one that will offer CLBC clients modern premises and a more tranquil environment, with a better layout, lots of natural light, and more private and quiet spaces for families. With the site confirmed, CLBC will work closely with their clients to develop transition plans as they prepare to move to the new location.”
Lynn Pelletier, vice president, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services –
“We have made significant progress over the past year advancing the continuum of services for people in British Columbia suffering from severe substance use and mental illness. The relocation and expansion of the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction to the Riverview Campus will allow us to better meet the needs of these patients, and support them in their recovery and transition back into the community.”
- Riverview Lands is a 244-acre site in Coquitlam, home to 75 buildings.
- The B.C. government has held title to the land since 1904, and its primary use since 1913 has been mental healthcare (Riverview Hospital).
- In 2013, the Province gave BC Housing the mandate to create a plan for the future of Riverview. The visioning process began in early 2014.
- Throughout the visioning process, BC Housing worked closely with the Kwikwetlem First Nation, who identifies the Riverview Lands as part of their traditional territory. The parties entered a protocol agreement in advance of the vision process and are in on-going discussions regarding the future development of the Lands.
A Vision for Renewing Riverview Lands: http://renewingriverview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/A-Vision-For-Renewing-Riverview.pdf
Centre for Mental Health and Addiction: www.bcmhsus.ca/programs/burnabycentre
Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre: www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/maples/index.htm
Provincial Assessment Centre: www.communitylivingbc.ca/individuals-families/provincial-assessment-centre/