Our Mandate

Our mandate

The Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario is one of two networks that has a dual mandate as Network (federal) and Entity (provincial).

Network Member of Société Santé en français (Federal Mandate)

The Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario (Réseau) is one of 16 members of Société Santé en français (SSF). As member of this network, the Réseau works in collaboration with the other member networks on the national, provincial and regional scenes, through the SSF Board of Directors and the SSF Executive Directors’ Table, to promote the development of French language health services. The objectives of the SSF networks is to develop an integrated approach to French language services while ensuring ongoing representation from the following sectors:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • Government bodies
  • Administrators of healthcare institutions
  • Training institutions
  • Community organizations

French Language Health Planning Entity (Provincial Mandate)

In 2010, the Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario (Réseau) was named the French Language Health Planning Entity for Northern Ontario by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The Réseau has an accountability and funding agreement with the North East and North West LHINs, which outlines the responsibilities of each party. Each year, all parties identify priorities and activities, which are highlighted in a Joint Annual Action Plan (JAAP).

The Réseau offers expertise in the planning of French language health services and in Francophone community engagement in regards to health. The Réseau is responsible to advise the North East and North West LHINs on:

  • the methods of engaging the Francophone community in the area;
  • the health needs and priorities of the Francophone community in the area, including the needs and priorities of diverse groups within that community;
  • the health services available to the Francophone community in the area;
  • the identification and designation of health service providers for the provision of French language health services in the area;
  • the strategies to improve access to, accessibility of and integration of French language health services in the local health system; and
  • the planning for and integration of health services in the area.

The roles and responsibilities of the LHINs and Entities were revised and clarified in November 2017 and are detailed in a Guide published by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Guide to Requirements and Obligations Relating to French Language Health Services.

Although Networks and Entities differ in their fields of action, accountability and funding, they have a similar objective of creating unique opportunities for partnership and a synergistic effect for our communities.

Networks and Entities have agreed to work together to maximize their impact on issues of common interest at a provincial level.

Coordination Table of Provincial Partners

Together, to improve health of Francophones in Ontario

The Coordination Table of Provincial Partners develops common principles and positions to advance French language health services in a cohesive and efficient manner across Ontario.

In 2010, the government of Ontario created six French Language Health Planning Entities. The entities were given the mandate to provide advice to the LHINs on health services in French and on the needs and priorities of the Francophone community in this area.

Although each entity is unique as to its vision and priorities, the spirit of collaboration, which exists between them fosters the sharing of ideas and best practices, and creates a learning opportunity from the experiences of others.

This collaboration became more formal once the Coordination Table of Provincial Partners was created.

Joint efforts of the entities are manifested by:

  • regularly held meetings between the Executive Directors;
  • a collective annual work plan;
  • sub-committees for the advancement of various common objectives;
  • joint representation on provincial committees; and
  • meetings between members of each governing Board once or twice a year.

You can view the geographic distribution of the Réseaux and Entities here.

To further increase collaboration and efficiency regarding French language health services, efforts do not stop at the Coordination Table of Provincial Partners level.

The Alliance des Réseaux, which encompasses three organizations involved in French language health services funded by the Federal government, and the Coordination Table of Provincial Partners held their first joint forum in March 2013. Members from each governing Board and Executive Directors met formally for the first time to establish guidelines for working together and identifying possible joint actions.

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Members of the governing boards and executive directors of the Regroupement des Entités and the Alliance des Réseaux (Coordination Table of Provincial Partners). March 2014.

Complaints and Concerns

If you have any comments about the Réseau’s services, we want to know. Contact the Executive Director, Diane Quintas or the Chair of the Board, Collin Bourgeois. Your suggestions and the resolution of complaints are an integral part of the ongoing process of improving our services.