Health Canada

Health Canada

December 14, 2009 14:21 ET

Government of Canada Supports Initiative to Provide More French-Speaking Health Professionals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Mr. Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, announced today an important investment that will help Francophone students at the Universite Sainte-Anne pursue opportunities in the health care field. This initiative is expected to increase the number of health care professionals who can serve French-speaking communities.

"The Universite Sainte-Anne is the only French-speaking post-secondary institution in the province," said Mr. Kerr. "It also plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of the Acadian society in Nova Scotia. With this announcement of nearly $2 million in funding, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to improving access to health care for our official language minority communities."

The Universite Sainte-Anne, one of the members of the Consortium national de formation en sante (CNFS) will work with the CNFS to recruit and train students and professors in the health sector, maintain and improve access to this training, as well as promote research related to health training and health services access in French.

"Universite Sainte-Anne is proud of the role it plays in training health professionals," said Mr. Andre Roberge, President of the University. "Without the additional funding from the federal government in this area, the shortage of health professionals would be much larger. The new funds announced today will enable Universite Sainte-Anne to establish new health programs, without sacrificing existing programs."

The Consortium national de formation en sante is an umbrella organization that represents 11 different universities and colleges outside of Quebec that offer studies in French in a variety of health training programs.

Today's funding announcement of $1,965,566 for the Universite Sainte-Anne is part of the $174.3 million in federal funding announced last month by the Honourable Senator Percy Mockler for French and English-speaking minority community health initiatives under the Government of Canada's Roadmap for Linguistic Duality.

Under the Roadmap, the Government of Canada outlined three priority areas for official languages related to health: health networking, training and retention initiatives for health professionals and official languages health projects.

The Government of Canada will continue to work in collaboration with the provinces and territories and official language minority communities to further improve access to health services by training and retaining health care professionals, supporting community networks and new local projects.

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