Active offer of French language health services in Ontario: Hôpital Montfort applauds the common approach

Ottawa, Friday, March 20, 2015 – On this International Francophonie Day, the management team of Hôpital Montfort welcomes the common approach on the active offer of French language health services.

Developped by The Alliance des Réseaux Ontariens de santé en français and the Regroupement des Entités de planification des services de santé en français de l’Ontario, the Joint Position Statement on the Active Offer of French Language Health Services in Ontario was introduced to the public in Toronto last week.

“We are delighted to finally have a common approach for this essential aspect of health services in French,” explained Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and CEO of Hôpital Montfort. “As an academic hospital engaged in training the next generation of Francophone health professionals, and as an institution offering health care in French and in English, we agree with the Joint Position Statement: it is essential that the different health partners across Ontario do offer health care in French to the Francophone populations – and in a proactive manner.”

According to the Joint Position Statement, the proactive offer

  •          respects the principle of equity;
  •          aims for service quality comparable to that provided in English;
  •          is linguistically and culturally appropriate to the needs and priorities of Francophones;
  •          is inherent in the quality of the services provided to people (patients, residents, clients) and an important contributing factor to their safety.

The Joint Position Statement is available in English on the website of the Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario, http://www.rssfe.on.ca, or here.

Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone university health institution that offers quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities. In 2014, Hôpital Montfort obtained its accreditation with exemplary standing from Accreditation Canada. It also earned recognition from the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) as a Best Practice Spotlight Organization. In June 2013 the hospital was designated as a Group A teaching hospital.