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Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language

The Committee’s role

Section 509 of the Act respecting health services and social services provides for the formation of a Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language. The Committee is created by regulation and its mandate is to advise the Government of Québec on:

  • the provision of health services and social services in the English language;
  • the approval, evaluation and modification by the Government of each access program developed by an institution in accordance with section 348 of the Act.

The Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies adds two responsibilities to the Committee’s mandate:

  • The approval of requests made by integrated health and social services centres for withdrawal of recognition, as provided for in the third paragraph of section 29.1 of the Charter of the French Language;
  • The identification of organizations that promote the interests of English speakers in each region. These organizations will be consulted regarding the appointment of members of regional committees for English-language health services and social services access programs.

The Committee’s composition and mandate

The Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language is composed of the following 11 members, who are appointed in a way that ensures they are representative of the entire English-speaking population:

  • two users of health services and social services;
  • three people from community organizations that are involved in promoting the interests of English speakers, activities related to the health and social services sector and volunteer work;
  • three people who work in the health and social services sector;
  • three people who work in the education sector, the municipal sector, the economic sector or the employment sector.

Members of the Provincial Committee serve in a personal capacity. They do not represent an organization or a social or political group. This is intended to prevent any conflicts of interest.

The composition of the Committee is intended to be as representative as possible of Québec’s English-speaking population. Members are appointed for three years and their mandate can be renewed only once.

Committee members

The current Provincial Committee was established by the Minister of Health and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Seniors, Mr. Réjean Hébert, on April 26, 2013.

The current Committee is made up of the following members:

Members Region of origin

Mr. Gilbert Bourgeois

Lanaudière

Ms. Heather Clarke, Vice-Chair

Montréal

Ms. Cynthia Dow, Chair

Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Ms. Danielle Fortin

Outaouais

Ms. Norma Husk

Estrie

Mr. Frederick Jansen

Montréal

Ms Ann Marie Laughrae Powell

Chaudière-Appalaches

Mr. Jean Robert

Capitale-Nationale

Mr. Lionel Roberts

Côte-Nord

Committee opinions

Consult the “Publications” section to see the opinions of the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language.

Contact information for the Committee secretary

Mr. Pierre Lafleur is the secretary of the Committee. To reach the secretary of the Provincial Committee, contact:

Mr. Iannick Martin
Coordinator, Access to English-Language Services
2021, Avenue Union, Suite 12.24 (12th floor)
Montreal (Quebec) H3A 2S9

Telephone: 514 873-2292
Email : iannick.martin@msss.gouv.qc.ca

Updated on : November 7, 2016

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