Ensuring Canadians have access to quality health services in both
MONCTON, NB, May 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of
the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced an
important investment to support 14 projects across the country that
will improve access to health services for English-speaking communities
in Quebec and French-speaking communities outside of Quebec.
The projects will support the training and integration of more bilingual
healthcare professionals in national language minority communities;
strengthen health networks across the country; and implement new
projects to expand access to health services in the minority national
language. They are being funded under the Government's Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education,
As part of the announcement, Minister Valcourt announced three projects
being funded in New Brunswick, which are with Ministère de l'Éducation du Nouveau-Brunswick (Fredericton); Université de Moncton (Moncton); and, Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (Bathurst). These projects support post-secondary training programs in
several health disciplines to improve the supply of bilingual health
professionals across New Brunswick and in the other Atlantic Provinces.
The remaining projects will be announced in the coming weeks.
With this $112.9 million investment, the Government of Canada is
maintaining its commitment to the development of national language
minority communities across the country, and ensuring a healthcare
system that is responsive to the needs of all Canadians.
The Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education,
Immigration, Communities is a $1.1 billion investment by the Government of Canada over five
years to 15 departments and agencies. It reaffirms the Government's
leadership and commitment to enhancing the vitality of the English and
French linguistic minority communities.
There are over one million English-speaking residents of Quebec, and
over a million French-speaking Canadians outside of Quebec, which
represents 6% of the Canadian population combined.
New Brunswick has the highest concentration of national language
minorities in Canada (31.9%), followed by Quebec (13.5%) and Ontario
"As a francophone from New-Brunswick, I am proud to be a part of a
Government that is committed to ensuring that Canadians across the
country receive local level health services in the language of their
choice. Today's announcement will support the training and integration
of more bilingual healthcare professionals in English and French
linguistic minority communities and further improve patient access to
health services in the minority language."
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"It's important that national language minority communities have access
to quality health services in the national language of their choice.
With this renewed funding, the Government will continue to promote and
ensure the availability of bilingual healthcare personnel in
communities across Canada, so that language is not a barrier for
Canadians to access and receive the best care possible."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
"Today's announcement of over $10 million for the recruitment and
training of health professionals by the Université de Moncton will help
ensure the delivery of quality healthcare to our francophone
communities. I am proud of our Government's consistent support of the
Université de Moncton, and our commitment to providing quality
bilingual healthcare through Canadian Heritage's Roadmap for Canada's
Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe (NB)
"At the Université de Moncton, 12 postsecondary health training programs
are receiving financial support from Health Canada as part of the
Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages. With this renewed funding, we
will be able to continue the work that we have been doing with the CNFS
office and other regional partners since 2003. It is a critical vehicle
for health promotion, which is a priority area of development for us at
the Université de Moncton."
President and Vice-Chancellor
Université de Moncton
"Thanks to the financial support and ongoing cooperation of Health
Canada, CNFS will continue the work it has been doing since it was
created, with enthusiasm and conviction. We will now be increasing our
active offer of quality health and social services in French in
linguistic minority communities across Canada by training highly
qualified French-speaking and bilingual professionals."
Co-chair of the Consortium national de formation en santé and President
of Université Sainte-Anne
"Our English-speaking seniors, youth and families, and many other
vulnerable members of our communities will benefit from the new
Roadmap. The federal contribution means we can continue our successful
partnership with Quebec and it's health and social services system to
improve the health and vitality of our communities."
Executive Director of the Community Health and Social Services Network
"Health Canada's contribution as part of the Roadmap for Canada's
Official Languages is warmly welcomed by all members of the Santé en
français [health in French] movement. We have worked with the federal
government and 16 Santé en français networks from coast to coast for
the past ten years to improve access to quality health services in
French for all French-speaking Canadians and Acadians living in
linguistic minority communities. Much has been achieved in these past
few years, and we look forward to finally getting started on the
activities for 2014-2018."
Dr. Aurel Schofield
Chair of the Société Santé en français
Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018: Education,
Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)
Official Languages Health Contribution Program
SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose
Federal Minister of Health
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