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Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program at the University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program


The Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program (NOFPP) at the University of Ottawa aims to provide high-quality French-language psychiatric services in underserviced areas identified by the Ministry of Health in Ontario. Our French-speaking psychiatrists maintain ongoing contact with the communities they serve, providing patient-centred care and specialized resources in order to support local interdisciplinary mental health teams. These consultants tailor their medical education events and case-based learning opportunities to be relevant to these communities. They also promote research activities in those geographical areas. NOFPP consultants have the ability to liaise with  other northern Ontario sites, as well as University of Ottawa resources, in order to access specialized mental health service that do not currently exist in that community. NOFPP also partners with North Bay Regional Health Centre, with the goal of recruiting French-speaking psychiatrists to serve populations in northern Ontario.



In affiliation with University of Ottawa, NOFPP offers short-term electives to French-speaking residents so that trainees may benefit from a rich and diverse cultural experience during their medical education. These types of learning experiences could provide a stepping-stone in the careers of medical graduates who may consider practising in communities where a need for services exists.



NOFPP is proud to partner with The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to increase access to specialized bilingual mental health services via Telemedicine



The activities of the NOFPP are currently offered in the communities identified below by the various psychiatrists of the program. The psychiatrists offer the equivalent of 400 days of clinical activities to these service points in a given year.

Chapleau: Turning Point

Cochrane, Iroquois Falls, Matheson: Minto Counselling Services

Elliot Lake: East Algoma Mental Health Clinic

Englehart: Englehart & District Hospital

Hearst, Kapuskasing & Smooth Rock Falls: H, K & SRF Counselling Services

Mattawa:  Mattawa General Hospital

New Liskeard: Canadian Mental Health Association

Kirkland Lake: Kirkland Family Health Team

Sturgeon Falls: Alliance Centre

Timmins: Timmins & District Hospital / Canadian Mental Health Association

Wawa: North Algoma Counselling Service



Northern Ontario Francophone Psychiatric Program (NOFPP)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Royal Ottawa / Mental Health Centre
1145, Carling Ave.    
Ottawa, On K1Z 7K4   


Dr. Michèle Tremblay, Executive director

T: 613 722-6521 ext: 6905
F: 613 798-2999
E: michè 

Karima Benqaddi, Program manager
T: 613 715-5829

Dr. Jeanne Talbot, Postgraduate Director (Education)
Debbie Hall, Postgraduate program administrator
 T: 613 737-8955
F: 613 739-9980

Sarah Joynt (Telepsychiatry)
Telemedicine Business Development Coordinator
T. 613.722.6521 ext. 6797