In 2017-2018, the Réseau continued pursuing its objectives to collect data on the offer of French language health services. After launching data collection tools in five regions in 2016-2017, our initiatives took on a brand new scope with the launch of the OZi portal in the winter of 2017. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, as well as the 14 Ontario LHINs and the French Language Health Planning Entities, we launched the OZi portal to 1,550 health service providers funded by the Ontario LHINs. Moreover, the provincial government reiterated its support of this initiative as part of the 2018 Ontario Budget.
Through the development of specific indicators, by the end of 2018-2019, the analysis of this data will allow us to draw a comprehensive portrait of the offer of French language services provincially, as well as by region, sub-region and even care sector. It will also be possible to identify service gaps to be met, as well as opportunities for improving French language health services.
Our expertise in data collection and analysis is now known and sought. In particular, this gave rise to a special collaboration with the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner (FLSC) of Ontario. When the special study Designation: [Re]vitalize French Language Services (published on March 7, 2018) was being prepared, the Réseau provided an analysis of quantitative data compiled using the tools we had developed.