QUEEN’S PARK – Timmins-James Bay MPP, Gilles Bisson, pressed the Wynne government to deliver on promised French health care services to Timmins, one of the largest francophone communities in the province.
“As you know, the francophone community is working very hard with you, with me, your department, the LHIN and others to finally set up a community health center in Timmins,” Bisson said. “It's been 28 years since we tried to put that center in place. It is the largest Francophone community that does not have a community health center.”
Bisson highlighted the importance of being able to access services in French. Doing so would bring the wheel full circle on the services he’s already successfully advocated for when it comes to culturally specific health services in the region.
“This completes sort of the journey that Timmins has gone through in being able to serve people when it comes to health centers,” Bisson said. “We first funded the Misiway health centre that serves our First Nations brothers and sisters in the community. We then opened two family health teams, one in South Porcupine and another in Timmins"
“But what has always been missing is the francophone component so that we’re better able to serve the community,” Bisson said.
A report issued by Health Quality Ontario last year underscored the need for ensuring culturally specific health services were delivered to northern Ontario communities who already face unique challenges to accessing appropriate healthcare resources. Despite the significant need, Timmins communities have yet to see any action on the Liberal government’s empty promises.
“We’ve been working on this very hard, and we are awaiting the final letter to be delivered. Can you please give me the letter, and I will deliver it myself,” Bisson said.
The Minister assured Bisson to stay tuned.
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