Developing and implementing French language services will have tremendous positive consequences on the French-speaking population in reducing the barriers that language issues can generate. It will improve the patient experience.
The identification process is defined as the selection of health service providers (HSPs) for the purpose of planning and delivering safe and quality services in French.
Identification is a tool used by Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to plan the delivery of services in French. Rather than require all HSPs to offer French language services (FLS), LHINs identify a number of HSPs for that purpose based, among other things, on the location of the Francophone population and its needs.
For more information on identified HSP, read the section Roles and Responsabilities of Identified Health Service Providers.
The designation is the Ontario government's legal recognition of an organization's ability to provide services in French according to Ontario standards, and the existence and sustainability of services. Designated agencies are required to provide services in French on the same basis as ministries.
A designation under the French Language Services Act is recognition that an agency has met the government’s 34 requirements and designation criteria in providing French language services (FLS) to its French-speaking clients and has demonstrated its ability to continue to do so.
Before the government will designate an organization, the organization must:
Source: Designation of Public Service Agencies
For more information on designated HSP, read the section Roles and Responsabilities of Designtated Health Service Providers.
Designation Plan under the French Language Services Act [English][French]
View Central East LHIN's map of French Language Service Providers
Identified or designated agencies are entitled to several benefits including:
Contact us for more information on benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org