Research on the Health Needs of the Francophone Population

The health of Francophones in minority communities: an urgent need for more information to provide better services.

This report was produced by the Consortium National de Formation en santé (CNFS) to provide information on the health of Francophones in minority communities. The CNFS is a pan-Canadian group of eleven colleges and universities offering French-language education in various healthcare disciplines, and six regional partners.   


Reference framework - training for active offer of French language health services

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) ordered this reference framework to continue the work they have already started to raise awareness among health professionals of their own practices. The CNFS aims to build up professionals’ skills in order to improve the active and effective offer of French language health care services in Francophone minority communities. This document is therefore geared toward the educators and mentors of future health professionals who are currently studying at CNFS member institutions. 

Second report on the health of Francophones in Ontario

This is a report on the status of the health of Francophones in Ontario. It was created under the direction of Louise Picard and Gratien Allaire. 

Language barriers in access to health care - Canada

This research was completed by Sarah Bowen, B.A., M. Sc. and prepared for Health Canada.  The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the current research describing the impact of language barriers on health care access and quality of care; and the role that language access programs can play in addressing these barriers.

Identifying Francophones: an analysis of definition based on census variable

This research report was prepared Éric Forgues, Rodrigue Landry and Jonathan Boudreau. The objective of this research is to foster and clarify reflection on the statistical methods used in major surveys as well as services and organizations to define “Francophone living in a minority situation” and to present different processes and their impacts all as the basis for proposing solutions.


Articles on the Health of Francophones

  1. Do chronically ill, elderly Francophone patients believe they are adequately served by Ontario’s health care system?
    Exploratory study of the effect of minority-language communities Canadian Family Physician/Le Médecin de famille canadien, 58 : e686
  2. The health of the Francophone Population Aged 65 and over in Ontario.
    RRASFO, Université d’Ottawa
  3. Language as an important determinant of poverty in the aging Francophone minority population in Canada.
    International Journal of Aging and Society,(2) 4 : 61-76.