French Language Health Services


The NE LHIN believes that the health system is to be guided by a commitment to equity and respect for diversity in communities in serving the people of Ontario and follow the requirements of the French Language Services Act in serving Ontario’s French-speaking community. 

Language and culture play an essential role in the provision of health care services.  With the knowledge that approximately one quarter of the population of the North East LHIN region is French-speaking, the NE LHIN is committed to develop an integrated approach to address French language services.  This means the integration of French language services within each NE LHIN priority and the inclusion of an integrated concept for the provision of French language services within the vision and the mission of the NE LHIN.

Francophone Population Profile of the NE LHIN

The NE LHIN is a culturally and linguistically vibrant and distinct region. According to the 2016 census, there are 124,000 Francophones in the NE LHIN region comprising 23 per cent of the total population; the largest number of Francophones, by region, in the province.

The largest proportion of Francophones in the North East is in the Cochrane District, with Sudbury, Nipissing and Temiskaming also showing significant numbers.

As per the 2016 census, the following table identifies the total Francophone population per planning area.

NE LHIN Planning Area Total population    Total Francophone Population    % of Francophone Population
Algoma 101,000 5,656 5.6%
Cochrane 78,000 36,894 47.3%
James and Hudson Bay 7,700 39 0.5%
Nipissing and Temiskaming 140,000 29,260 20.9%
Sudbury, Manitoulin and Parry Sound   


52,206 23.1%

Responsibilities of LHINS

Under the provisions of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, LHINs must respect the requirements of the French Language Services Act, 1986 (FLSA) in planning, funding and monitoring health care services in the local system. To do this, they must engage the Francophone population of the geographic area they serve.

As Crown agencies and local health system planners, LHINs are accountable for ensuring access and accessibility to FLS in their geographic area. They are also required to report to the Ministry on their planning initiatives related to FLS. The Ministry will rely on the LHIN to monitor FLS progress among Health Service Providers (HSPs) within its geographic area.

All designated and identified HSPs are accountable for FLS as part of their service accountability agreement within the NE LHIN. 

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Contact Us

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Johanne Labonté, French Language Services Lead at or by phone at 705-267-7968.