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. 

In 2016-2017 the NSM LHIN and Entité 4:

  • Partnered with NSM’s Mental Health and Addiction Coordinating Council to provide the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Mental Health First Aid program in French to health service providers and the general public. The aim of the program is to improve mental health literacy and provide the requisite skills and knowledge to help participants better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves or others.

  • Established a French Language Services Patient Navigator position at Centre de Santé Communautaire CHIGAMIK CHC based on an earlier pilot program. The FLS Patient Navigator provides health system navigation and case management support to Francophone clients within the region. 

Additional Resources: 

NSM LHIN-Funded Health Service Providers







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 or 705-326-7750 Ext. 3240