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Ontario introduces French accents on health cards

Franco-Ontarians can request a new health card at no cost
Ontario Health Card file photo

Franco-Ontarians will now be able to have their names accurately reflected on the most commonly used government ID cards.

“By making available French-language characters on Ontario health cards, the Government of Ontario demonstrates its determination to expand quality services for the province’s French-speaking community,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs. 

The Ontario government is now offering the option of French language characters on health cards, and Franco-Ontarians can request a new health card at no cost.

Those interested can visit a ServiceOntario location to request a free replacement health card displaying their name with French language characters, including accents (e.g., ç, è, é, ê, ë). 

“We are committed to delivering French-language services to Francophones and will continue to work closely with our partners to reflect the needs and specificity of Ontario’s Francophonie,” Mulroney added. 

The addition of French on health cards follows the province’s move to add French language characters to Ontario driver’s licences and Ontario photo cards in 2020. 

Learn more about how to replace, cancel or make changes to your Ontario health card. Find a ServiceOntario location near you.