Government of Canada invests in research to assess the health of Francophone communities outside of Quebec

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Project will create online observatory of data on the health of Francophone minority communities

November 1, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Canadians are able to access health care services in their official language of choice. Today while participating in the opening session of the Rendez-vous Santé en français conference, Mona Fortier, the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced a $100,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study the health of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

The grant has been awarded to University of Ottawa professor of sociology and anthropology Dr. Louise Bouchard. Dr. Bouchard will use the funds to create an online observatory where her team can gather, analyze, and present to decision-makers health information from Francophone communities outside of Quebec.

Specifically, her team will bring together statistics and information about residents’ health status, their access to the social determinants of health, and how often health services are offered or requested in French, including whether residents have access to health professionals in their language of choice.


“Coming from New Brunswick, I have a great appreciation of the importance of accessing health services that have been linguistically and culturally adapted to meet the needs of official language minority communities. I congratulate Dr. Bouchard on her grant and look forward to seeing her results.”
- The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health

“It is a pleasure to attend the Rendez-vous Santé en français conference and announce funding for this vital research project, which will provide decision-makers with the information they need to ensure that Francophone communities living in minority settings have access to health services and professionals in their language of choice.”
- Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier

“In the absence of access to organized and reliable linguistic data, this project is the first step towards creating this one-stop-shop for information in order to answer questions from users, the public and decision-makers about the determinants of health, as well as the offer of and request for, and access to, French-language services and health professionals who can offer services in an official language minority setting."
- Dr. Louise Bouchard, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Ottawa

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