Improving French Language Health Services
McGuinty Government Seeking New French Language Health Planning Entities
Ontario is seeking proposals for the selection of new French language health planning entities.
Once selected, French language health planning entities will work with one or more of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to ensure that the needs of francophone communities are reflected in local health planning.
The planning entities will provide advice and input to the LHINs on:
- Methods of engaging the francophone community in the area
- Health needs and priorities of the local francophone community
- Identifying francophone health services and health care providers currently available to the community
- Improving access to French language health services in the area.
The new planning entities will be selected by July 1, 2010.
- The creation of French-language health planning entities was a key recommendation in the French Language Services Commissioner's Special Report on French Language Health Services Planning in Ontario, which was released in May 2009.
- There are approximately 600,000 francophones living in Ontario, which represents the largest francophone community in Canada outside of Quebec.
“We're committed to ensuring that French-speaking residents have access to health care services provided in their own language. These French language health planning entities will provide an invaluable resource in meeting this goal.”
“These new planning entities will help ensure the appropriate French language health services are available to francophone communities throughout the province.”