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:

List of Health Service Providers that Offer Services in French:

  • Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario
  • Canadian Hearing Society, Thunder Bay Regional Office
  • Community Services for Independence North West (Personal Assistance Program)
  • Dryden Regional Health Centre
  • Geraldton District Hospital
  • Hospice Northwest – (Palliative Care Volunteer Program)
  • Mary Berglund Community Heath Centre
  • North of Superior Community Mental Health Program
  • North of Superior Healthcare Group (Wilson Memorial General Hospital Site and McCausland Hospital Site)
  • NorWest Community Health Centre – Longlac Site
  • Santé Manitouwadge Health
  • Southbridge Lakehead
  • Southbridge Roseview
  • St. Joseph’s Care Group (All sites)
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 

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