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On May 1st, 2009, Kingston became the 25th area to be designated under the Ontario’s French Language Services Act (1986) (FLSA). The FLSA guarantees an individual's right to receive services, including publicly funded health care services, in French from Government of Ontario ministries and agencies in designated areas. The City of Kingston is the first area to be designated within the South East LHIN geographical area. According to the 2006 Census, Kingston has a francophone population of about 4,130, which represents 4% of its total population.
Under the provisions of the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006, LHINs must respect the requirements of the 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.
The South East LHIN identified a cross-section of health care organizations as providers of French language services based on the unique services they provide to Kingston area residents. As part of their responsibility in regards to the provision of health services in French, all identified HSPs completed a FLS implementation plan and submitted it to the SE LHIN and are working towards implementing the plan with the ultimate goal of achieving designation under the FLSA.
This web page will provide an array of information to the public regarding the FLSA and other FLS topics, and will provide tools to HSPs to assist them in the delivery of FLS. It will be updated as needed as new information and tools become available.
Information for the public
French Language Services Act (1986)
Local Health System Integration Act (2006)
The Office of Francophone Affairs
French Language Services Commissioner
Q & As on Kingston’s designation
List of Kingston health service providers identified to provide French language services
Information for health service providers
List of Kingston health service providers Identified to provide French language services
French language services best practices – Active offer concept
Communications toolbox – Office of Francophone Affairs
Description of French language oral capacity levels
Information on the Ministry’s French language training reimbursement program
Réseau de l'Est - News Release
New French Language Health Planning EntityRéseaudel'Est Communiqué
Q&A regarding French Language Health Planning Entities
French Language Health Planning Entity – News Release from Le Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario