French Language Health Services

The health needs of diverse groups, including the French-speaking community, are a key priority for the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Guided by legislation, the LHIN works with partners in its geographic region to improve access to and availability of high-quality health services provided in French.

Francophone Demographics in the North West LHIN

The French presence in Ontario dates back nearly 400 years to the establishment of the Mission of Sainte-Marie-Among-the-Hurons (Simcoe County) in 1639. Like the general population of Ontario, the Franco-Ontarian communities are diverse and vibrant. For many years, it has welcomed Francophones from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Today, Francophone racial minorities represent 10% of the province’s Francophone population. Ontario is home to 611,500 Franco-Ontarians. 

Approximately 134,775 Francophones live in the North, which includes both the North West and the North East LHINs.

North West LHIN Sub-regions

Total Population

# of Francophones

% of Total

41, 200

1, 125


Rainy River

19, 760




20, 385



District of Thunder Bay

17, 495

2, 145


City of Thunder Bay

125, 270

3, 245


224, 105 6, 970 3.1%

Health system partners and providers can use the resources on this page to find out how to collaborate with the LHIN to expand access to and availability of French-language health services.

Resources to help patients/clients access health services provided in French:

A number of health service providers are identified to provide services in French, meaning that they are working to build their capacity to provide services in French.

  • Alzheimer Society of Kenora / Rainy River Districts 
  • Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
  • Board of Management of the District of Kenora Home for the Aged (Princess Court)
  • Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario
  • Canadian Hearing Society, Thunder Bay Regional Office
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Branch
  • Community Services for Independence North West (Personal Assistance Program)
  • Children’s Centre Thunder Bay (Addictions Treatment – Substance Abuse)
  • Dryden Regional Health Centre
  • Geraldton District Hospital
  • Hospice Northwest (Palliative Care Volunteer Program)
  • Mary Berglund Community Heath Centre
  • Nipigon District Memorial Hospital
  • North of Superior Community Mental Health Program
  • North of Superior Healthcare Group - McCausland Hospital / Wilkes Terrace (Site) / Wilson Memorial General Hospital (Site)
  • NorWest Community Health Centre (Longlac Site)
  • Santé Manitouwadge Health
  • Southbridge Lakehead
  • Southbridge Roseview
  • St Joseph’s Care Group (All Sites)
  • Thunder Bay Counselling Centre
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
  • Victorian Order of Nurses – VON Thunder Bay and District Site
  • Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (Formerly CNIB)
  • Wesway Inc.


Other Resources:


Resources for professionals:


Contact the North West LHIN about Health Services in French

Do you or a family member need help finding health care services provided in French?

Are you a health system partner or provider with a question?

Please contact:

North West LHIN Home and Community Care - Patient Related Services
961 Alloy Drive
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 5Z8
Telephone: 807-345-7339
Fax: 807 346-4625 (Confidential Patient Information)

Office Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (EST) Monday to Friday