Why should you identify your Francophone patients?
Because as a health service provider, you want to meet the needs of your patients. To achieve that, you need to know who you serve.

In order to identify Francophones in your community, it is recommended that you ask the following questions:

The second question will include newcomers who do not have French as their mother tongue, but who have knowledge and understanding of French as an official language.

Entité 4 has developed a pamphlet on the subject to support health service providers who would like to identify their Francophone patients.

Contact us at if you are interested in receiving copies of the pamphlet or getting details on the Francophone communities you serve.

Inclusive Definition of Francophone (IDF)

In 2009, the Ontario government adopted the new inclusive definition of Francophone (IDF). Under this new definition, Francophones are “persons whose mother tongue is French, plus those whose mother tongue is neither French nor English but have a particular knowledge of French as an Official Language and use French at home.”

- Office of Francophone Affairs, Inclusive definition of Francophones in Ontario (2009)