To the future government of Ontario: include francophones in healthcare policy development!

Ottawa, May 23, 2018 – The Franco-Ontarian community expects significant commitments regarding French language healthcare from the leaders and candidates in the upcoming provincial election. The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario published this message via a short video on social media to announce the updated White Paper on French Language Health Care in Ontario, which was originally published in 2014.

The full White Paper will be published soon. In the meantime, the AFO is issuing four initial recommendations to candidates.

The AFO recommends that the Ontario Government:

  • include the linguistic variable “francophone” in all funded research activities and integrate a representative sample of the francophone minority;
  • develop a francophone strategy and action plan for mental health, long-term care and primary care;
  • support the creation of francophone service models by building multi-service hubs and community health centres; and
  • require an active offer policy from health service providers and support mandatory active offer training for all healthcare personnel and trainees.

An excerpt from the updated White Paper containing the four recommendations above is available on the AFO website.

“Insisting on access to health services in French isn’t trivial identity politics. It’s a question of equity, quality and safety for patients more than anything else. The Ontario Government must incorporate the francophone perspective into all aspects of healthcare policy and take real steps to make sure Franco-Ontarians receive equal treatment,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.