Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

The CNFS is a Canada-wide umbrella organization bringing together 11 university and college educational institutions which deliver training programs in various health disciplines in French, as well as regional partners who facilitate and promote access to these training programs. The CNFS’ National Secretariat, located in Ottawa, plays a leadership, development and coordination role in planning and realizing the Consortium’s objectives.

This exceptional strategic alliance results in increased numbers of Francophone health professionals and researchers whose impact improve the quality of French language health services tailored to Francophone minority communities. The CNFS is thus making a significant contribution to these communities’ wellness and development across the country.

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) is composed of postsecondary training institutions that deliver French-language programs in various health-related disciplines.

Our mission is to ensure the implementation of an extended network of French-language postsecondary training and research. This network aims to support training institutions that provide education in the health field. In addition, it assists researchers who seek to strengthen research in the health field, particularly as it pertains to Francophone minority communities.

In compliance with authorities and responsibilities in established sectors, the CNFS relies on complementary networks and partners, such as:

  • Health care institutions;
  • Professional orders;
  • Regional, provincial and national organizations who are engaged in improving French-language services within communities;
  • Government agencies in the health sector;
  • Complementary training and research networks, particularly those from the province of Québec.

Our mandate

The CNFS aims to improve access to French-language health services for Francophone minority communities. It achieves its mandate through postsecondary training provided to French-speaking health professionals and by supporting health-related research that focuses on such training and the needs of these communities.

In order to carry out its mandate, the CNFS has established the following objectives:

  • Gain knowledge about the specific needs of communities and promote the integration of trained professionals into their home region;
  • Maximise the contribution of existing institutions by deploying their training capacities;
  • Foster access to new training in communities lacking these opportunities;
  • Promote partnerships and collaboration;
  • Facilitate and maintain liaison and concerted efforts within the network and with complementary networks.


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