French Language Health Services

Access to quality French-language health services directly impacts the health of Francophones. In Champlain, that means it affects nearly 20% of the population.

The LHIN works to fulfill this need as part of its vision “healthy people and healthy communities supported by a quality, accessible health system”, and its responsibilities under the French Language Services Act, 1986 and the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006. To learn more about the LHIN’s legislated requirements, click here.

Since 2010, the LHIN has worked in close collaboration with the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario (Le Réseau), the French Language Health Planning Entity for the Champlain and South East LHINs (to learn more, read the Funding and Accountability Agreement).

The goal is to ensure that health service planning reflects the needs and priorities of the Francophone population.

2016-17 Highlights

 The LHIN partners with Le Réseau in many planning and community engagement initiatives. A number of initiatives took place this year. Le Réseau:  

  • Advised the LHIN on the development of sub-regions, which will help organize health care at a more local level. In addition, 13 per cent of people responding to the Champlain LHIN’s online sub-region consultation survey identified French as their mother tongue.
  • Collaborated with 15 hospitals on the Francophone Linguistic Variable Pilot Project, which collects information on linguistic identity to better inform planning and decision-making. Specifically, Le Réseau worked with 15 hospitals and began analysis of evidence related to the health status of Francophone populations.
  • Joined forces with the LHIN to support health service providers in fulfilling the new French-language service designation process, resulting in five additional providers committing to be designated or identified. In a related project, the two agencies conducted an analysis of the distribution of designated providers by sub-region.

 For more information, please contact Myriam Taillon, French Language Health Services Advisor, (myriam.taillon@lhins.on.ca, 613.745.8124 ext 3227, or toll-free 1.800.538.0520 ext 3227).