An initiative to foster the emergence, deployment, and strengthening of relationships and collaborations between groups of agencies that are supporting French-language services and future professionals, bilingual healthcare students, and colleges and universities by the exchange of information, collaborative opportunities (placements, mentorships, volunteer positions, training programs) and local welcoming practices.
The results from the Welcoming Community 2014-2018 pilot project demonstrated that community involvement helps to support and encourage the integration of bilingual students and future professionals by generating more community involvement, networking, and internship opportunities.
Welcoming community 2014-2018 in numbers:
- Number of bilingual students and professionals participating in the project: 310
- Number of French or bilingual placements: 42
- Number of Welcoming Community activities: 19
Welcoming community 2014-2018 in images:
Comments from participants:
Service provider partner
“This initiative has demonstrated the importance and the need to create and maintain connections between colleges, universities, students and service providers to ensure that there is a strategic collaborative effort to introduce job placements and employment opportunities in minority Francophone regions to Francophone and bilingual students entering the workforce.”
“Our students who speak French are eager to continue in French and participate in a francophone medical community. Some students wish to complete a clinical training in French to serve francophone patients, while others wish to complete a residency in a francophone region or in a French medical school.”
“I found the Je parle français badge very useful – in Toronto, francophone patients feel comfortable speaking to me in French. And of course, the internship really helped me learn the medical terminology in French.”
“Continue working with anglophone medical schools to let students know that these opportunities exist!”
“[This initiative] will help me to better communicate and transmit my experiences to the francophone community.”
Base on these outcomes, the Welcoming Community 2.0 (2018-2021) project will be expanded to 5 sub-regions of southwestern Ontario. This will allow more communities, health and social service providers, educational institutions, students and future professionals to benefit from this initiative.
Welcoming Community 2018-2021
- 5 Communities of practices and/or Interagency Network of Health and Social Service providers who wish to attract new francophone and bilingual human resources to their region.
- Francophone and bilingual students from programs targeted by Health Canada during the 2014-2018 period: nursing, social work, medicine, psychology and speech pathology, as well as programs identified in the regions.
- Francophone and anglophone colleges and universities in southern Ontario that are offering these programs.
- Bilingual healthcare professionals who wish to be informed about community resources and career opportunities in these regions.
- Support the identification of students enrolled in health and social service programs who hold a French or bilingual high school diploma.
- Set up and promote community welcoming activities for bilingual students to promote recruitment, integration, and retention of bilingual professionals in southwestern Ontario.
- Foster efforts to promote bilingual students’ placement agreements with health and social service providers.
5 Welcoming Communities
Community of practices for bilingual professionals
Mini-site of information and virtual meeting space for professionals in the fields of health, addiction, social services, and wellness.
A place for:
- Improving your French
- Exchanging information
- Sharing news and resources
- Seeking internship and job opportunities
- Discussing challenges and solutions to deliver quality services in French
- Human resources and professionals serving the francophone population in the region.
- Agencies offering bilingual services and services in French.
- College and university students who are seeking resources in French and want to do internships in the francophone community
- Human resources and professionals seeking employment opportunities in the region.
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MISSISSAUGA HALTON COMMUNITY
Mississauga Halton LHIN French Language Service (FLS) Community of Practices (CoP)
Represent 22 francophone organizations and service providers in the region
Welcoming activities coming soon …
Health and Seniors’ subcommittee of the Niagara Interagency Table
Represent 35 francophone organizations and service providers in the region
Welcome activities coming soon …
Two other communities to come…
Colleges and Universities of Southern Ontario
During the Welcoming Community project (2014-2018), we developed strong relationships with 11 colleges and universities in southern Ontario. We also collaborated on projects with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (Franco Doc project) and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (Rationale to allocate an admission position to French-speaking candidates at the School of Social Work at King’s University College).
Welcoming Community 2.0 will allow us to strengthen these collaborations and further expand new partnerships with colleges and universities, particularly in the following health and social service programs: medicine, nursing, social work, speech pathology, psychology.
Online resource platform to support managers from Anglophone or bilingual organizations to maximize their ability to serve francophone and Acadian minority populations.
The Franco Doc Tool Box
The Tool Box is a collection of resources for learning the medical French you need to improve your language and culture skills. It is also a database of learning opportunities in French.
Your Medical Interpretation Companion That Goes Everywhere You Go, download app
The work of the Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario and Société Santé en français is ﬁnanced by Health Canada under the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in our Future. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reﬂect those of Health Canada.