Understanding mental health and addiction system needs of Francophones in Ontario: Findings from the Ciel Eclairci report


Alexandra Lamoureux - Assistant Manager of Equity & Engagement Provincial System Support Program (PSSP), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Aliou Sene - French Language Services Coordinator, CAMH
Christelle Bony - French Language Services Lead, PSSP, CAMH

Date: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

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Francophones are the largest linguistic minority in Ontario and, by provincial law, have special language rights. Yet, they experience substantial health inequities. “As many as 53% of Francophones living in Ontario report having no access, or very limited access, to mental health and addictions services in French.”

In 2016, the Ministry of Health commissioned the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to engage stakeholders to examine the mental health and addiction needs of Francophones in Ontario. The aim was to advance the province’s mental health and addiction strategy by looking at service gaps for Francophones in Ontario and proposing recommendations for improvement. This led to the report, “Ciel Eclairci! Toward better access to French Language Mental Health and Addictions Services in Ontario.”

The webinar shares:

  • the context and methodology of this work
  • some key facts about Ontario’s Francophone population
  • the themes from the engagement sessions, including service gaps and access barriers
  • recommendations to improve access to care for Francophones in the province.



About the Presenters

Alexandra Lamoureux has worked in mental health and addictions for over 10 years, first as a clinician serving individuals and families, then moving into roles specialized in health equity and engagement at both the community and provincial levels. She is currently the Assistant Manager of Health Equity and Engagement at CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program. Alex has a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Community Development. She is queer-identified and Francophone.

Aliou Sene is CAMH’s French Language Services (FLS) Coordinator. In this position, he is currently helping the organization fulfill its mandate of providing FLS to members of the Francophone community. Before joining CAMH, he was the Coordinator of the Glendon Centre for Cognitive Health at York University. Aliou has coordinated numerous health promotion projects and programs at the primary care level. As Project Manager at a Regional French Language Health Network, Aliou was part of a team that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care trusted in playing a leadership role in the creation of the francophone Planning Entities, which advise Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Aliou’s extensive experience in community development has deepened his understanding of the Franco-Ontarian population and strengthened his knowledge of issues related to health policy and equity. Aliou is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) with a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management from York University’ Schulich School of Business, and a postgraduate Certificate in Health Equity and Diversity from the University of Toronto.

Christelle Bony is the Lead of French Language Services at CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) where she leads and supports provincial initiatives focused on Francophone populations. Christelle has worked in both community and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) settings. In her past roles as the Lead, Health System Development and French Language Services for the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Bilingual Health Planner for the Central Health LHIN, she led and supported strategies for French Language Services, Health Equity, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. As a Health Promoter at WellFort Community Health Services, Christelle established and managed a Health Promotion Program for Francophone seniors in Peel Region. She was a member of the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) French Language Services Provincial Leadership Council from 2012 to 2018. Christelle is an International Medical Graduate (IMG) and holds a Master in Public Health/Community Health from University of  Montréal in Québec. 

Alexandra Lamoureux Headshot

Alexandra Lamoureux

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Aliou Sene

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Christelle Bony

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