TORONTO, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Office of the French Language Services
Commissioner is pleased to report that the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care will be implementing concrete measures to ensure the
development of primary French-language health care services in the
After carefully considering various potential delivery models, the
Ministry has determined that the expansion of the Credit Valley Family
Health Team is the best option to respond to the needs of the local
Francophone population. This family health team will work in
collaboration with the Centre de services de santé Peel et Halton — the organization that had initially turned to the Commissioner's Office
"This good news allows us to look toward the future with renewed
confidence, knowing that Francophones in the Peel-Halton region will
soon have access to health services in French," said Commissioner
"This positive outcome would not have been possible without the tireless
efforts of our complainants and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term
Care's commitment to achieving results."
In March 2010, the Commissioner's Office presented an investigation
report requesting concrete measures from the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care to address the lack of French-language health services
in the Peel-Halton region.
As a first response to this investigation, the Ministry acknowledged
that it was ultimately responsible for the provision of equivalent
French-language health services; the Ministry then proceeded to modify
the criteria used to select family health teams to reflect the specific
situation of the Francophone community.
The Centre de services de santé Peel et Halton has received $125,000 from the Ministry to help with the recruitment of
health professionals and help set up these new services.
The Credit Valley Family Health Team hopes to welcome its first
Francophone patients by March 31, 2012.
Read our investigation report at www.flsc.gov.on.ca in the PUBLICATIONS section.
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SOURCE Office of the French Language Services Commissioner
For further information:
Gyula Kovacs, Public Relations and Communications Officer
Office of the French Language Services Commissioner
Phone: (416) 314-8247 or 1-866-246-5262 (toll free)