OTTAWA, September 25, 2015 – On this Franco-Ontarian Day, the Champlain CCAC is pleased to announce that it has received official 'designation' under the French Language Services Act (FLSA). This designation enhances existing services to the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), home to Ontario's largest francophone population.
This is a significant accomplishment that shows the Champlain CCAC's commitment to providing bilingual services to its patients across the Champlain region.
"This is important and exciting news for Francophones within the Champlain community — home to the largest populace of Francophones in the province. Dealing with health issues of any kind can be stressful under any circumstance. This designation allows French speaking patients in the region to feel at ease when dealing with providers of home and community care in their native language."
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"The Ontario government considers it essential that people requiring French-language health services receive the support they need. That is why I am delighted to see how truly committed the Champlain CCAC is to serving its clients so well. This designation reflects the CCAC's commitment to the Franco-Ontarian population and will have a positive impact on the Champlain community."
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
"This important designation ensures that our patients have the option to receive care in the language of their choice. It guarantees language proficiency among staff and builds on our strong foundation of providing service in both official languages."
— Marc Sougavinski, CEO of the Champlain CCAC
The Champlain CCAC partnered with the French Language Health Services Network of Eastern Ontario – the French language health planning entity for the Champlain region – to obtain the designation.