French Language Health Services

The Local Health System Integration Act, 2006

The purpose of the legislation is to provide an integrated health system to improve the health of Ontarians through better access to health services, coordinated health care and effective and efficient management of the health system at the local level by local health integration networks (LHINs).

Excerpts from the Local Health System Integration Act (LHSIA) related to French language health services are below:

  • The health system should be guided by a commitment to equity and respect for diversity in communities in serving the people of Ontario and respect the requirements of the French Language Services Act in serving Ontario’s French-speaking community. (LHSIA, Preamble (f))
  • The Minister of Health and Long-Term Care shall establish a French language health services advisory council to advise the Minister about health and service delivery issues related to Francophone communities and priorities and strategies for the provincial strategic plan related to those communities. (LHSIA, s. 14 (2))
  • A local health integration network shall engage the community of diverse persons and entities involved with the local health system about that system on an ongoing basis, including about the integrated health service plan and while setting priorities. (LHSIA 4, s. 16 (1)).
  • In carrying out community engagement under subsection (1), the local health integration network shall engage the French language health planning entity for the geographic area of the network that is prescribed. (LHSIA, s. 16 (4)).

The LHINs are responsible for the following health care sectors: hospitals, long-term care homes, community support service providers, community health centres, psychiatric facilities, and mental health and addiction service providers.

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