Our Organization

Better access to French-language services

French- language services for Francophones are quality of care and safety issues. In the health care and social services sector, that means improved health and better service. It also means more accurate diagnoses and treatments which result in greater efficiencies and cost savings.

Santé en français is the representative of Francophones to ensure and promote French-language services in the health care and social services field.

We lead the way to foster access to quality French-language services. Language barriers should not be a barrier to good health. We work with primary health care providers, administrators, partners and allies to ensure Manitoba’s Francophones have the best possible access to the health care and social services they deserve.

Vision and mandate

Manitoba’s Francophones have access to a wide range of quality French-language health and social services. Santé en français promotes this access through:

  • Representation of the Francophone community, ensuring access to quality French- language health and social services;
  • Development and implementation of strategies to carry out the vision of Manitoba’s Francophone community;
  • Promotion in developping the Franco-Manitoban community’s vision regarding access to French-language health and social services;
  • Coordination, encouraging teamwork within the Francophone community and identifying priorities;
  • Resource management to ensure the necessary human and financial resources are available to run our programs and services;
  • Support on an ad hoc basis for community initiatives that seek to improve access to 
 French-language health and social services;
  • Links with partners, allies and interested parties on important Francophone community issues to improve access to French-language health and social services.

Historical context

The roots of Santé en français in Manitoba began in 1989 when a French Language Services Policy was tabled in the provincial legislature. Regional health authorities were created in 1996 and Child and Family Services Authorities in 2003, both of which required the organizations to develop and submit French-language services plans.

In December 2002, the Société Santé en français was created as a national French language health services agency. Santé en français is one of 16 French language health networks born from that national body.

Santé en français and the 15 other provincial and territorial bodies share a common purpose: to rally health partners around priority issues in each jurisdiction.