The Francophone community of Ontario is a linguistic minority within the larger Ontario and Canadian society. This minority situation influences its experience of the Ontario healthcare system where it often does not have access to the same quality of care as English speakers.
Experience has shown that Francophones do not always request services in French, even if the provider has put these services in place. The weak sense of belonging of Francophones in Ontario partly explains this phenomenon of disengagement and assimilation, which is intimately linked to the minority situation of Francophones in Ontario.
With regards to its sense of belonging, the diversity of the Francophone community in Ontario adds to the difficulty of the minority situation. French speakers in Ontario share the French language, but for the rest, the Franco-Ontarian community is characterized by diversity of ethnicity, religion, origin, education, culture, income, values and experience, among others.
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