The federal government, through the Consortium national de formation en santé(CNFS), recently announced new funding of $1 million over five years to York University’s bilingual campus, Glendon College, to improve training in French language health services.
With this funding, Glendon will establish a new certificate in dementia and cognitive health and a specialized bachelor’s degree in neuropsychology. These programs will provide health professionals in Francophone communities in Southern Ontario meaningful access to training focused on recent advances, strategies and treatment modalities for Francophone and bilingual people who are vulnerable to the cognitive problems associated with ageing.
The new programs, expected to launch in fall 2019, will offer front-line workers access to French language expertise in cognitive health, thereby maximizing the health care workforce’s ability to manage the conditions associated with cognitive impairment while expanding the offer of care in French in Southern Ontario.
Learners who receive this new training will benefit from hands-on experience, developing skills tailored to the unique realities of Francophones in Ontario. The certification will enable them to better serve francophone seniors in their mother tongue, regardless of their needs or particular situations.
“Our Glendon campus at York University has been providing high-quality bilingual and French-language programs for over 50 years. This new funding will help us further expand access to postsecondary education for Francophones,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, president and vice-chancellor of York University.