Date Published: 23 March 2009

Government of Canada Supports Initiative to Provide More French-Speaking Health Professionals (Health Canada)

Health News from Canada

The Government of Canada will provide further support for Francophone students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities in the health care field. As a result, more Francophones across Canada will have greater access to health services in the language of their choice.

This announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, by Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary, and New Brunswick Senator Percy Mockler.

The Consortium national de formation en santé will use the funding to encourage Francophone students who reside outside of Quebec to pursue health-related post-secondary studies. This will help increase the number of health care professionals available to serve French-speaking minority communities.

"The funding provided for francophone students today will result in more French-speaking health professionals in Canada tomorrow," said Dr. Carrie. "We will continue to work with the provinces and other stakeholders to address the linguistic needs of Francophone minority communities across the country."

The $4 million in federal support will help the Consortium strengthen its promotion and recruitment efforts, expand the scope of distance learning, strengthen clinical training for students through the purchase of new medical equipment, and strengthen continuous learning and teaching recruits.

"I am very pleased with Health Canada's continued investments in the retention, training and development of health professionals for official language minority communities and for facilitating service delivery in Francophone minority communities," said Yvon Fontaine, Co-Chair of the Consortium national de formation en santé and president of the Université de Moncton.

The Consortium national de formation en santé is an umbrella organization representing 11 different universities and colleges outside of Quebec that offer French study in various health disciplines. The objective of the alliance is to increase the number of health professionals and researchers in Canada who can serve the linguistic needs of French speaking minority communities across the country.

The institutions which make up the Consortium include: l'Université de Moncton (NB), Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick - Campbellton (NB), Université Sainte-Anne (NS), Collège Acadie (PEI), Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface (MB), Faculté Saint-Jean (AB), University of Ottawa (ON), Laurentian University (ON), Cité collégiale (ON), Collège Boréal (ON) and the Government of New Brunswick with institutions participating in the Quebec-New Brunswick health training agreement.

The funding for today's announcement was provided through the Official Languages Health Contribution Program.


Source: Health Canada

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