North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network dedicated to improving timely access to French Language Services for Franco-Ontarians in the region.
September 22, 2017
L-R: Kirsten Parker, NSM LHIN Board Chair, speaks at a recent designation event in our region with Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario’s Minister of Francophone Affairs, and Estelle Duchon, Executive Director, Entité 4
The Franco-Ontarian flag consists of two vertical bands. The first band is green with a white lily. This flower represents the French-speaking community worldwide. The second band is white with a green trillium, the provincial flower of Ontario.
The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) pays tribute to the 7th annual Franco-Ontarian Day, September 25 as it works to ensure Francophones in the region can access timely and appropriate health services and programs in French. This work is important because it promotes inclusiveness and diversity by providing the ability for people to speak their first language when they require a critical service such as health care.
NSM LHIN’s goal is to ensure that health service planning reflects the needs and priorities of the Francophone population, which in North Simcoe Muskoka is nearly 2.7 per cent of the total population, or close to 12,000 people.
Next steps across the North Simcoe Muskoka region include support for the work being done by two local health service providers with partial designations in process, and one working towards full designation. Designation under the French Language Services Act recognizes the organization’s capacity to provide services in French, in accordance with the criteria set out by the Ministry of Francophone Affairs.
For more information contact:
Shelby Rushton, Communications Coordinator
North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN
705-721-8010 ext. 2274