British Columbia will soon have its first health center for Francophones

British Columbia will soon have its first health center for Francophones
British Columbia will soon have its first health center for Francophones

The provincial Ministry of Health and Francophone Affairs has just announced the opening of a medical establishment in October 2024. The latter will be located in Vancouver and operated by RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique.

A historic announcementfor Minister Adrian Dix and the president of RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique, Brian Conway.

The objective is that by 2029, 4,400 people can be registered and have access to health services in French. The latter will be located at 2025 West Broadway, in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver.

The Minister of Health and Francophone Affairs, Adrian Dix based the choice of Vancouver on its large number of Francophones.

Half of Francophones are located in the Greater Vancouver regionsupported the minister who also mentioned the increase in the number of new arrivals in the province, including French-speakers.

THE start of a story

According to the minister, when the team is complete, it will include approximately 14 professionals, including three doctors, two nurse practitioners and two social workers.

The medical clinic is still under construction, but we already know that it will include four consultation rooms as well as two rooms for appointments with social workers.

The lease is signed, the announcement is made, the adventure beginscommented Brian Conway enthusiastically.

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The health center is expected to contain four examination rooms and two rooms for social workers.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Yann Lacoste

Both stressed that the center would be open to registered people, but not only. [Il est] for all people registered and not registered and there will be virtual possibilities that will be developedspecified the minister.

There are currently few details about this service. We will potentially have telemedicine services that will be available to people who simply need a doctor on the front line, who do not have access to it and want to do it in French.argued Doctor Brian Conway.

Active recruitment

We’re going to be spending all summer recruiting staff nationally, so whether you’re in Quebec or Ontario or New Brunswick, if you’re looking for an opportunity to come work in British Columbia in the medical field, we can offer you this possibilitychanted Brian Conway in French then in English.

The minister maintained that this health center would operate with permanent funding. The province has invested $1.3 million initially, with $2.7 million expected to be provided each year.

We will continue to improve services for French speakers, this is not the endassured the minister, in French.

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