French Language Health Services

Franco Ontarian FlagAccess to quality French-language health services directly impacts the health of Francophones. In North Simcoe Muskoka, that means it affects nearly 2.7% of the total population.

The LHIN works to fulfill this need as part of its vision Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System. and its responsibilities under the French Language Services Act, 1986 and the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006. Click to learn more about the LHIN’s legislated FLS requirements.

The NSM LHIN and the French Language Health Planning Entity Entité 4 - responsible for the North Simcoe Muskoka, Central and Central East LHINs - work collaboratively to support health service providers in meeting the criteria required to achieve designation under the French Language Services Act. The NSM LHIN's goal is to ensure that health service planning reflects the needs and priorities of the Francophone population. 

Through the LHIN - Entité 4 Action Plan, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and Entité 4 are working to improve the planning and delivery of French Language Health Services (FLHS), develop FLHS performance indicators, monitor system capacity to provide FLHS at the LHIN and sub-regional level, and explore the identification and designation of HSPs for the provision of FLHS.

In 2018-2019 the NSM LHIN and Entité 4:

  • Entité 4 and Centre de Santé Communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre, with the support of the LHIN, partnered to establish a French Language Services Patient Navigator position at Chigamik based on the success of an earlier pilot program. The French Language Services Patient Navigator provides health system navigation and case management for Francophone clients in the North Simcoe sub-region.

  • Georgian Bay General Hospital has received partial designation status to enhance French language service capacity in the North Simcoe sub-region. The LHIN provided a special funding allocation to the hospital for staffing resources over three years to support education costs and to help ensure that French language services are available to the community.

  • In 2018, the LHIN and Entité 4 hosted a forum attended by over 100 participants, focused on improving health equity for Francophone communities. Best and leading practices in our region were profiled and shared to support those working to increase their capacity to deliver services in French. Watch the patient story featured here. Health human resource capacity is of particular concern in North Simcoe Muskoka and provider organizations discussed the challenges they are currently facing and reinforced the importance of working in partnership with our Francophone communities to develop solutions.

NSM LHIN-Funded Health Service Providers

North Simcoe Muskoka French Language Health Services Dashboard

Designated

Identified

Barrie

Midland

Orillia

Penetanguishene

For more information about health service providers that offer all or some of their health services in French, please click here.

Francophone Population Profile of NSM LHIN

The NSM LHIN is a culturally and linguistically vibrant and distinct region.  According to the 2016 census, there are 12,250 Francophones in the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN comprising almost 2.7 per cent of the total population; the seventh largest number of Francophones, by region, in the province.

The largest proportion of the Francophones in North Simcoe Muskoka is in the North Simcoe sub-region (Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay), with Collingwood and Barrie also showing significant numbers.

NSM LHIN Sub-Region Total Population  Total Francophone Population % of Population Francophone
Barrie and Area  213,705  6,075  2.8
Couchiching (Orillia & Area) 74,675 1,160 1.5
Muskoka 58,335  855  1.5
North Simcoe (Midland/Penetanguishene & Area) 46,855  3,070  6.6
South Georgian Bay 62,085  1,160  1.9
Based on 2016 census data.

For more information on French Language Health Services, please contact Tina Christman, French Language Services Coordinator at tina.christman@lhins.on.ca or 705-326-7750 Ext. 3240