About us

Our Origins

The French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario is the product of many years of collaboration at the regional, provincial and federal levels.


Here is the timeline of the events that led to the French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario’s creation :

1997—The French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario is created following the Montfort crisis; this crisis drew national attention to the needs of Francophones outside Quebec. ARCHIVES, LEDROIT

1999—The Centre national de formation en santé, coordinated by the University of Ottawa and funded by Canadian Heritage, begins operations; in 2003 the Centre will become the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS).

2001—The Honourable Allan Rock, federal Minister of Health sets up a consultative committee on the needs of French-speaking minority communities. This committee subsequently submits a report, Rapport au ministre fédéral de la Santé 2001, that proposes strategies to improve health services in French across the country.

2001—The Table de concertation en santé en Ontario is established; aware of the urgent need for French language health networks in other parts of Ontario, the Table de concertation, whose membership includes representatives of all regions and all health sectors, immediately takes on responsibilities related to the start-up of three new Networks in Ontario.

2002—The Société Santé en français (SSF) is created; the consultative committee asks the Société to coordinate networking and service organization initiatives.

2003—The Table de concertation establishes three new Networks in Ontario: the Réseau francophone de santé du Nord de l’Ontario*, the Réseau de santé en français du Moyen-Nord de l’Ontario* (*in 2010, they amalgamated to form the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario)  and the Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario (or French Health Network of Central Southwestern Ontario in English as of 2015).

2004—The Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario (RFSSO) is incorporated on August 12. The Network works closely with a number of other organizations to carry out its mission and avoid duplication.

2005—The Table de concertation en santé en Ontario becomes the Alliance des Réseaux Ontariens de la santé en Français.

2008—The Alliance des Réseaux Ontariens de la santé en Français (AROSF) is incorporated as the Networks’ provincial representative.

2010—The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) appoints six French Language Health Planning Entities; the area covered by our Network is split among four Entities.

2011—The  Regroupement des Entités de planification des services de santé en français is created and active collaboration with the Alliance des Réseaux Ontariens de santé en Français begins with a view to cooperating on provincial issues.

2012—The Network develops a new strategic plan for 2013-18 and redefines its action areas to take advantage of the presence of its new regional partners and move forward on coordinated joint projects at all levels of the health system.

2013— The Entities and the Networks organize the First Ontario Francophone Health Forum – The seven Executive Directors of the Networks and Entities work closely together.

Our continuity

2013 – 2018  – Ongoing collaboration among the various key partners in health care; the Network contributes to the advancement of French language health services at the regional, provincial and national levels.

On-going networking with Health system key players: Gouvernment authorities, Health professionals, Health Institutions Executives, Education Establishments and communities.