Health Sources


Project 2008-2013

As part of the call for proposals 2010-2013, $1.4 million was distributed among 12 projets of health promotion for Francophones living in Central-Southwestern Ontario. This funding came out of a $21.5 million funding envelope from Health Canada through the Contribution Program to Improve Access to Health Services for Official Language Minorities, through Société Santé en français (SSF), an umbrella organization of 17 French language health networks. SSF is working to promote the development of healthy French language minority communities across Canada.

In the table below you will find a summary of the projects that have emerged due to the support of this funding. /French only

Tableau-Projets-2010-2013 (in French only)

Project 2013-2018

Human resource strategies for sustaining the continuum of care for francophone populations in central, south-west regions of Ontario.


Project Summary:

A Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario’s project conducted between January 25th and March 31st, 2013 in partnership with the Rifssso, the four French Language Health Planning Entities (Entities) and the collaboration of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) of the region and with the support of Sultrem Inc. consulting firm.

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Expected results:

A collaborative project contributing to increase the knowledge baseline and provide a framework for targeted actions in the area of FLS. Findings and observations are based on front line service provider data captured via surveys and interviews.

The Welcoming Community Project

maisonA community-support strategy aimed at recruiting, integrating and retaining bilingual health professionals in minority settings.

Based on the national strategic orientation set forth by la Société Santé en Français for 2014-2018 and the 16 French-language health networks. 

Respond to two of the recommendations from the Evaluation of the Official languages Health Contribution Program 2008-2012.

Support strategies for:


Support identification of students registered in health programs who have a Francophone or bilingual secondary school graduation diploma.

Contribute to the trainee placement and community engagement efforts of health programs for Francophone and Francophile students in the four regions.


Encourage health service providers to approach postsecondary institutions and inform them of their requirements with regard to bilingual and Francophone trainees.


Help the regions promote the importance of supporting Francophone and bilingual trainees as a long-term method
of meeting the challenge of recruiting and retaining bilingual human resources
Establish reception services at the four host agencies and market them to Francophone and bilingual students in college and university level health programs in order to promote and facilitate trainee placements in the four regions.


The welcoming community project targets the following professions where there is an urgent need of French professionals according to Health Canada's survey.


Social work



Speech therapy


Region 1: Erie St. Clair / South-West region


Centre communautaire régional de London

Founded in 1990 the CCRL is a dynamic, inclusive and unavoidable center and francophone hub.

Contact: Adeline Le Roy, Coordinator, , 519 673-1977 poste 3858  

Welcoming activities   

•Support, enrich and promote French language as well as French-Canadian and Francophone culture in the heart of London area.
•Develop and offer activities and social-cultural programs in French for a real social and community development.
•Encourage consultation and community cohesion to meet the needs of Francophones and Francophiles from various cultures and backgrounds.
Foster a welcoming community and a community engagement for all Francophones and Francophiles in the region.

Region 2:Waterloo/ Wellington and Hamilton, Niagara Haldimand Brant Regions


Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

Recognised provincially as a leader in making health services available to the French speaking population and to those wishing to have access to French services.

Contact:Rachelle Anderson, Volunteer Resources Administrator,

Welcoming strategies

•Establishing a central access point to meeting students, and community needs;
•Offering assistance to find housing;
•Helping with finding and accessing all services in the region;
•Coordinating educational field trips to discover  the region;
•Connecting to social and  professional regional networking;
•Introducing  to French and bilingual organizations within the region;
•Promoting a sense of belonging through various activities.

Region 3:Greater Toronto Region


Le Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (Rifssso)

A dynamic network assisting professionals and volunteers in the health and social service fields and supporting the community in all its diversity.

Contact: Christiane Fontaine, Executive Director, , 1 800 265-4399         

Welcoming strategies

•Assembling and distributing "Welcome Kits" containing information on: existing services, active community groups and regional resources;
•Offering assistance for easier integration;
•Avoiding isolation by encouraging  students participation in French activities, whether social, artistic, cultural or professional;
•Creating a matching-body system with members of the intervening staff to validate and/or evaluate the acquired academic knowledge and the work done during their internship;

Region 4: York Region and its surrounding


Association des francophones de la région de York Inc. (AFRY)

An organization with the mission of getting the French and Francophile Community to flourish by promoting a larger access to quality French services in its region.

Contact: Marie Martel, Coordinator,, 905-727-4631 extension 76550 

Welcoming strategies

•Assembling and distributing community information kits
•Organize meet and greets (breakfasts, coffee, dinners)
•Offer students opportunities and venues to present their internship project or to describe their experience within the French community. Their French exposés could be presented in schools or at career fairs, etc.



Welcoming community