Ontario offering options of French accents on Health Cards

Ontario Health Card. Image credit: ON health govt website

Toronto/CMEDIA: In a step forward in Ontario’s plan to make French characters available on all Ontario government identification, and to better serve the Francophone .community, the Ontario government is now offering the option of French language characters, such as accents (e.g., ç, è, é, ê, ë), on Ontario health cards.

“We are supporting Ontario’s Francophone community…experience when accessing vital government services…Franco-Ontarians can now have their name correctly identified on their health card in addition to their driver’s licence and photo card,” Sylvia Jones, Canada’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health has said in a news release

Ontarians with French names can request a free replacement health card displaying their name with French language characters, including accents by visiting a ServiceOntario location with the required supporting identification documents.

“By making available French-language characters on Ontario health cards…expand quality services for the province’s French-speaking community…to reflect the needs and specificity of Ontario’s Francophonie,” Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs has said.

Ontario added French language characters to Ontario driver’s licence cards and Ontario Photo Cards in September 2020. The availability of French language characters on health cards would facilitate Franco-Ontarians to have their names accurately reflected on the most commonly used government ID cards.

Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism reportedly said in a news release that change synchronizes with Ontario’s commitment to building an inclusive province where everyone belongs, and where culture and diversity are respected.

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