Health care and social services

In 2006, the government passed the Local Health System Integration Act, which is aimed at planning an integrated health system to improve the health of the Ontario population through better access to quality health services.

The Act requires that the health system comply with the requirements of the French Language Services Act while serving Francophone communities. Under the Act, a French language health services advisory council was created to advise the minister on issues involving health and the delivery of services to Francophone communities.

French-language health services are also provided at Ottawa's Montfort Hospital, which has expanded following the end of its battle for survival in February 2002. In 2005 the provincial government granted funding that the hospital used to double in size and acquire modern equipment. Montfort is now also the medical centre serving the Canadian Forces in the National Capital Region.

"Health in French" also consists of a network of health services in different regions of the province, some of which were introduced in 2003. In 1989, the first Centre médico-social communautaire (Toronto) was created, bringing health and social services together under one roof.







Education and training

There are two types of French-language school boards, public and separate (Catholic). Ontario has twelve French-language school boards: four public and eight separate.

The four public French-language school boards in Ontario are the Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario in Ottawa, the Conseil scolaire de district du Centre Sud-Ouest in North York, the Conseil scolaire du district du Grand Nord de l'Ontario in Sudbury and the Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-Est de l'Ontario in North Bay.

The eight Catholic French-language school boards are the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud in Toronto, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien in L'Orignal, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales in Thunder Bay, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Grandes Rivières in Timmins, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Est de l'Ontario in Ottawa, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Franco-Nord in North Bay and the Conseil scolaire de district des écoles catholiques du Sud-Ouest in Windsor.

In 2006-2007, there were 90,445 students enrolled in French-language schools, with 66,064 in elementary school and 24,381 in high school.

Ontario also has three post-secondary French-language institutions

  • Collège de technologie agricole et alimentaire d'Alfred, attached to the University of Guelph, which had 103 students enrolled in 2008-2009

  • La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, which had over 3,600 students enrolled in 2008-2009

  • Collège Boréal in Sudbury, which had 1,410 students enrolled in 2008-2009

It is also possible to study in French at the following universities:

  • Saint Paul University in Ottawa

  • University of Ottawa

  • Hearst University College

  • Laurentian University in Sudbury

  • Glendon College, York University, in Toronto

  • Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston

Putting funds to work for the community

For 20 years the Fondation franco-ontarienne has been funding initiatives that promote and enhance the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community. The Fondation has invested more than $1 million in French-speaking Ontario through its various endowment funds.

Cultural and community life

The community benefits from a firmly entrenched network of arts and cultural centres, school-community centres and Francophone associations, most often run by volunteers. Cultural organizations organize activities that strengthen the identity of Franco-Ontarian communities while increasing the awareness of arts and culture.

Culture in the Franco-Ontarian community includes:

  • Nine professional theatre groups and seven community theatre groups
  • Eight publishers: Centre Fora, Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques, Éditions David, Éditions du GREF, Éditions du Nordir, Éditions du Vermillon, Éditions L'Interligne, Éditions Prise de Parole
  • No fewer than nine cultural centres that are part of the distribution network
  • Book fairs in Toronto and Sudbury
  • Numerous festivals
  • Talented artists
  • A number of art galleries







Newspapers and magazines

One daily publication (Le Droit) and several published weekly or monthly: Agricom (Clarence Creek); Le Carillon (Hawkesbury); Le Journal de Cornwall; Le Reflet de Prescott-Russell (Embrun); La Nouvelle (Embrun); L'Express de Toronto; Le Goût de vivre (Penetanguishene); Les Nouvelles (Timmins); L'Ours noir (Cochrane); L'Action (London); Le Métropolitain (Brampton); Le Régional (Brampton); Le Nord (Hearst); Le Rempart (Windsor); Le Voyageur (Sudbury); Vision (Rockland); Tribune-Express (Hawkesbury); L'Express (Ottawa).


Francophones have access to a community radio network that has been built up over the years. These five radio stations are located in Kapuskasing, Cornwall, Hearst, Penetanguishene and Toronto, reaching a total audience of more than 150,000 Francophones. Three projects are currently underway.

Franco-Ontarians can also count on radio service from Radio-Canada, which has stations in Ottawa, Windsor, Sudbury and Toronto.

Two private radio stations round out the French-language radio services available.


Francophones also have access to TFO, the French-language public education network in Ontario and the only French-language broadcaster outside Quebec.

In June 2006, the Ontario government announced its intention to grant full autonomy to TFO. The Office des télécommunications éducatives de langue française de l'Ontario (OTÉLFO) was created on April 1, 2007, a corporation with its own board of directors encompassing the TFO television station, which officially became an autonomous Franco-Ontarian organization independent of TVOntario, which also operates the Anglophone station TVO.

Radio-Canada has stations in Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, and Sudbury.

Francophones also have access to numerous French-language television channels through their cable operator.

Associative network

To contribute to its development and vitality, the Franco-Ontarian community benefits from no fewer than 28 provincial organizations working in the main areas of activity.


Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario

Created from the amalgamation of the Association canadiennefrançaise de l'Ontario (ACFO) and the Direction Entente Canada- Communauté Ontario (DECCO) on April 1, 2006, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO) is now the provincial organization representing all Francophones in Ontario at the political level. It is a non-profit organization.

The mandate of AFO is to advocate the rights of Franco-Ontarians, promote the vitality of the Francophone community, represent Ontario's Francophone community at all political levels, determine the priorities of the community, establish the strategic community plan, and negotiate and manage agreements including the Canada-Ontario community agreement.

Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario
306-1173 Cyrville Rd
Ottawa, ON K1J 7S6
Phone: 613-744-6649
Toll-free: 1-866-596-4692
Fax: 613-744-8861

Provincial organizations by area of activity


Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO)
201-435 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z8
Phone: 613-745-8619
Toll-free: 1-866-290-1168
Fax: 613-745-4649

Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario (CCO)
Sudbury Office
531 Notre-Dame Avenue, 8th floor
Sudbury, ON P3G 5L1
Phone: 705-560-1121
Toll-free: 1-866-338-3361

Fédération des Caisses populaires de l'Ontario (FCPO)
214 Montreal Rd, 3rd floor
Ottawa, ON K1L 8L8
Phone: 613-746-3276, ext. 3379
Fax: 613-746-3063

Alliance des caisses populaires de l'Ontario (L'ACPOL)
1870 Bond St.
P.O. Box 3500
North Bay, ON P1B 4V6
Phone: 705-474-5634
Fax: 705-474.5326
E-mail: or


Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO)
230-140 Genest St.
Ottawa, ON K1L 7Y9
Phone: 613-260-8055
Fax: 613-260-5346


Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario
3349 Navan Rd.
Ottawa, ON K4B 1H9
Phone: 613-834-7067
Fax: 613-834-6312


Fédération des aînés francophones de l'Ontario (FAFO)
001-1173 Cyrville Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1J 7S6
Phone: 613-747-0469
Fax: 613-747-8378

Arts, culture and heritage

Fondation franco-ontarienne
P.O. Box 7340
Ottawa, ON K1L 8E4
Phone: 613-565-4720
Fax: 613-565-8539

Centre de recherches en civilisation canadienne-française
University of Ottawa, Lamoureux Hall
145 Jean-Jacques Lussier St., Room 271
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Phone: 613- 562-5877
Fax: 562-5143

Association des auteurs de l'Ontario français
310-261 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 8C7
Phone: 613-744-0902 Office
Fax: (613) 744-6915 Office

203-255 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6C4
Phone: 613-745-2322
Toll-free: 1-800-263-0224
Fax: 613-745-1733

Alliance culturelle de l'Ontario
200-292 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6B7
Phone: 613-745-5642
Fax: 613-745-9715

Alliance chorale de Ontario
37 Wolfe St.
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2J1
Phone: 705-335-6245
Fax: 705-335-6245

Centre franco-ontarien de folklore (CFOF)
1169 Dollard St.
Sudbury, ON P3A 4G7
Phone: 705-675-8986
Fax: 705-675-5809

Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO)
2445 St. Laurent Blvd., Office B151
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C3
Phone: 613-567-6363
Toll-free: 1-877-567-5644
Fax: 613-567-6563
E-mail :

Réseau Ontario (RO)
1-179 York St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5T7
Phone: 613-745-7945
Fax: 613-745-1134

Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG)
2445 St. Laurent Blvd., Room B151
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C3
Phone: 613-729-5769
Toll-free: 1-866-307-9995
Fax: 613- 729-2209

Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique franco-ontarienne
200-292 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6B7
Phone: 613-745-5642
Fax: 613-745-9713

Bureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'Ontario (BRAVO)
Provincial office
1-405 Laurier Ave East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6R4
Phone: 819-457-1892
Fax: 819-457-1892


Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de l'Ontario (RDÉE Ontario)
3349 Navan Rd.
Navan, ON K4B 1H9
Phone: 613-834-1300
Fax: 613-834-1346


Mouvement des intervenants en communications radio de l'Ontario (MICRO)
155 Brunelle Rd. North
Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2M1


Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO)
2474 Champlain St.
Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0
Phone: 613-488-2929
Toll-free: 1-877-425-8366
Fax: 613-488-2541

Association des fermières de l'Ontario
5095 Fatima St.
P.O. Box 190
St-Eugène, ON K0B 1P0
Phone: 613-674-2035
Fax: 674-1176


Association des conseils scolaires des écoles publiques de l'Ontario (ACÉPO)
1426 Larkhaven St.
Ottawa, ON K1C 5A1
Phone: 613-291-5450

Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO)
681 Belfast Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z4
Phone: 613-244-2336
Toll-free: 1-800-267-4217
Fax: 613-563-7718

Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC)
110 Drewry Ave.
Toronto, ON M2M 1C8
Phone: 416-250-1754
Fax: 416-250-7025

Association des gestionnaires de l'éducation franco-ontarienne
435 Donald St.
Ottawa, ON K1K 4X5
Phone: 613-747-8000, ext. 25
Fax: 613-747-2808

Association francophone à l'éducation des services à l'enfance de l'Ontario
280-140 Genest St.
Ottawa, ON K1L 7Y9
Phone: 613-741-5107
Fax: 613-746-6149

Centre FORA (Centre franco-ontarien de ressources en alphabétisation)
432 Westmount Ave., Unit H
Sudbury, ON P3A 5Z8
Phone: 705-524-3672 or 1-888-814-4422
Fax: 705-524-8535

Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques
435 Donald St.
Ottawa, ON K1K 4X5
Phone: 613-747-8000 or 1-877-742-3777
Fax: 613-747-2808

Coalition francophone pour l'alphabétisation et la formation de base en Ontario
201-235 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6C7
Phone: 613-842-5369
Fax: 613-842-5371

Parents partenaires en éducation
2445 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON K1G 6C3
Phone: 613-741-8846 or 1-800-342-0663
Fax: 613-741-7322

Société des universitaires de langue française de l'Ontario (SULFO)
60 Ninth St.
P.O. Box 580
Hearst, ON P0L 1N0
Phone: 705-372-1781 or 1-800-1781
Fax: 705-362-7518

Women's groups

Union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes (UCF)
5330 Canotek Rd., Unit 1
Ottawa, ON K1J 9C1
Phone: 613-741-1334
Fax: 613-741-8577

Table féministe francophone de concertation provinciale de l'Ontario (TFFCPO)
P.O. Box 74082, Beechwood Postal Outlet
Ottawa, ON K1M 2H9
Phone: 613-740-0483
Fax: 613-745-8753

Alliance des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones
2-1526, Upper Ottawa St.
Hamilton, ON L8W 3L4
Phone: 905-575-3126

Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF)
401-450 Rideau St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5Z4
Phone: 613-241-2128

Réseau socioaction des femmes francophones (RÉSAFF)
203-235 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6C7
Phone: 613-744-0992 X 201
Fax: 613-766-2190

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOCVF)
288 Dalhousie St., Office E
Ottawa, ON K1N 7E6
Phone: 613-241-8433
Fax: 613-241-8435

Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions
124 Victor Ave.
Toronto, ON M4K 1A8
Telephone: 416- 406-6089


Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO)
201-214 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 8L8
Phone: 613- 842-7462
Phone: 613-733-1915
Fax: 613-842-8389


Alliance des réseaux ontariens de santé en français (AROSF)
300-1173 Cyrville Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1J 7S6
Phone: 705-362-7484
Cell: 705-338-7135

Regroupement des intervenants francophones en santé et services sociaux de l'Ontario (RIFSSSO)
205-2 Gloucester St.
Toronto, ON M4Y 1L5
Phone: 416-968-6759, ext. 25
Toll-free: 1-888-265-4399

Table provinciale francophone pour la personne handicapée
330 St. Philippe St.
P.O. Box 399
Alfred, ON K1B 1A0
Phone: 613-679-1244
Toll-free: 1-866-775-7001

Hôpital Montfort
713 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1K 0T2
Telephone: 613-746-4621, ext. 2000
Fax: 613-748-4947


Association des traducteurs et interprètes de l'Ontario (ATIO)
1202-1 Nicholas St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Phone: 613-241-2846
Toll-free: 1-800-234-5030
Fax: (613) 241-4098

Community societies

Assemblée des centres culturels de l'Ontario (ACCO)
203-235 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, ON K1L 6C7
Phone: 613-744-3711
Fax: 613-744-3511

Association multiculturelle francophone de l'Ontario
2840M Cedarwood Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1V 7R1
Phone: 613-731-4466
Fax: 613-731-4466