Improving Access to Health Care in Northern Ontario!

Sarvesh Gulhane
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A highly diverse country, Canada, with citizens from many cultures and origins, should have a fundamental right to access health services with no language barrier1.

However, the government of Canada has taken a big step by recognizing the importance of effective communication in healthcare towards improving access to health services in the official language of choice.

Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos has declared the allotment of investment of over $15.4 million in funding over five years to four institutions.

This huge investment is passed through the Official Languages Health Program (OLHP), which is based and located in Northern Ontario.

This article will give you brief info on the details and implications of this investment.

Fostering Communication and Care

The quality and safety of healthcare services have a major contribution from the Language of Conduct.

Moreover, effective and efficient communication between healthcare providers and patients has always ensured that correct medical information is conveyed and acted upon by both parties, thus leading to better health outcomes.

However, language barriers can hinder this communication process due to varied cultural origins between everyone, potentially jeopardizing patient well-being.

Thus, to help better serve patients and reduce potential miscommunication, the Government of Canada has invested in projects aimed at improving health services accessible to everyone without even a brink of barrier.

The Canadian Ministry is taking colossal steps to dislodge language barriers and prioritize the needs of official language minority communities, abbreviated as OLMCs2.

The Recipients of this Project

Université Laurentienne de Sudbury, Collège Boréal, Université de Hearst, and the Réseau du mieux-être Francophone du Nord de l’Ontario will be the recipients of this project which will be focusing on various aspects, expanding recruitment and capacity for bilingual healthcare providers3.

This will also include increasing access to health training programs in French, enhancing the integration of graduates into the healthcare system4, and facilitating internship opportunities.

Priorities of Budget 2023

The Budget 2023 hubs will provide better grounds for Canada’s healthcare system and implement a total revamping of services nationwide.

Additionally, this investment in improving access to health services aligns with the government’s broader commitments outlined in Budget 2023.

However, an emphasis is placed on enhancing access for underserved and equity-seeking groups, including Canadians in rural and remote areas and those belonging to OLMCs.

How Canada


In Canada, ensuring equal access to healthcare services has always been the utmost priority of the Canadian government.

The Canadian government demonstrates its commitment to inclusivity, equity, and the overall well-being of all Canadians by supporting projects to improve Francophones’ access to health services in minority communities in Northern Ontario.

This $15 Million investment will surely overcome the language barrier and reflect the government’s commitment to providing access to health services in the language of choice for all Canadians, irrespective of their background.

Through these concrete policies, the Canadian government strives to create a healthcare system that truly serves and embraces its diverse population, reflecting their impotent focus on the health system of their nation.

  1. Al Shamsi, Hilal, et al. “Implications of language barriers for healthcare: a systematic review.” Oman medical journal 35.2 (2020): e122. ↩︎
  2. Heritage, Canadian. “Framework for the Vitality of Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC).” (2021). ↩︎
  3. Mustajoki, Marianne. “Language matters: A study about language communication with bilingual Swedish speakers in Finnish healthcare.” (2020). ↩︎
  4. Bordoloi, Dibyahash, et al. “Deep learning in healthcare system for quality of service.” Journal of Healthcare Engineering 2022 (2022). ↩︎

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