Ontario government improves health services in French

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Ontario government improves health services in French

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Four Agencies Designated to Provide French Language Health Services TORONTO, May 3 - The Ontario government designated four additional agencies to provide French-language health services, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, announced today. "Our government is committed to healthier Ontarians," said Meilleur. "And these new designations will help ensure access to quality health services for the Francophone community." The government has designated the following agencies under the French Language Services Act: - ICAN - Independence Centre and Network/CERD - Centre et Réseau d'indépendance in Sudbury; - Personal Choice Independent Living/Choix personnel vie autonome in Ottawa; - Horizon-Timmins Palliative Care Inc./Soins palliatifs Horizon - Timmins Inc. in Timmins; and - Centre Jubilee Centre in Timmins. "As a result of this change, more francophones will be able to benefit from health services in their first language," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. "Centre Jubilee Centre has always strived to provide quality addiction treatment services to its Francophone clients," said Executive Director Harry Jones. "Receiving designation is a proud and highly anticipated moment in our history. Centre Jubilee Centre looks forward to continued enhancement of its French language health services." Designating these transfer payment agencies under the French Language Services Act will help the government fulfil its commitment to provide access to services in French in the province's 23 designated areas. Disponible en francais www.ofa.gov.on.caFor further information: Guy Lepage, Minister Meilleur's Office, (416) 325-1689; Gabriel Manseau, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4938