French Language Health Services

Overview

The NE LHIN believes that the health system is to be guided by a commitment to equity and respect for diversity in communities in serving the people of Ontario and follow the requirements of the French Language Services Act in serving Ontario’s French-speaking community. 

Language and culture play an essential role in the provision of health care services.  With the knowledge that approximately one quarter of the population of the North East LHIN region is French-speaking, the NE LHIN is committed to develop an integrated approach to address French language services.  This means the integration of French language services within each NE LHIN priority and the inclusion of an integrated concept for the provision of French language services within the vision and the mission of the NE LHIN.

Francophone Population Profile of the NE LHIN

The NE LHIN is a culturally and linguistically vibrant and distinct region. According to the 2011 census, there are 125,085 Francophones in the NE LHIN region comprising almost 22 per cent of the total population; the largest number of Francophones, by region, in the province.

The largest proportion of Francophones in the North East is in the Cochrane District, with Sudbury, Nipissing and Temiskaming also showing significant numbers.

As per the 2011 census, the following table identifies the total Francophone population per planning area.

NE LHIN Planning Area Total population    Total Francophone Population    % of Francophone Population
Algoma 115,870 7,410 6.40%
Cochrane 77,831 36,395 46.76%
James and Hudson Bay 5,407 30 0.55%
Nipissing and Temiskaming 125,954 27,915 22.16%
Sudbury, Manitoulin and Parry Sound    226,082 48,335 21.38%

Responsibilities of LHINS

Under the provisions of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, LHINs must respect the requirements of the French Language Services Act, 1986 (FLSA) in planning, funding and monitoring health care services in the local system. To do this, they must engage the Francophone population of the geographic area they serve.

As Crown agencies and local health system planners, LHINs are accountable for ensuring access and accessibility to FLS in their geographic area. They are also required to report to the Ministry on their planning initiatives related to FLS. The Ministry will rely on the LHIN to monitor FLS progress among Health Service Providers (HSPs) within its geographic area.

All designated and identified HSPs are accountable for FLS as part of their service accountability agreement within the NE LHIN. 

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