Bilingual health services to expand

ACCESS St. Boniface on track to open in spring

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Published Friday, January 15, 2016

The construction of a new ACCESS centre in St. Boniface, expected to be completed this spring, will offer health services to French-speaking Manitobans.

The centre, to be called accès access Saint-Boniface, will augment community health and social services available to the francophone community’s language of choice, according to Manitoba Premier, Greg Selinger.

The Manitoba government has provided $8.9 million to develop the new centre, with additional funding for staffing and operations. Several health and community organizations will move into the new building once the construction is completed. The centre will be fully accessible and designed to support people with disabilities.

”We are excited for this opportunity to strengthen our existing partnership with Centre de Santé,” says Milton Sussman, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region. “Appropriate access to the health services Winnipeggers need is a priority for the WRHA. I am excited to be able to reach more residents in St. Boniface and St. Vital through this centre and to be able to serve them in English and in French.”

Selinger noted that the new ACCESS centre, located at the intersection of Kenny and Goulet, will be part of Manitoba’s My Health Teams initiative, bringing together teams of care providers, including local family physicians, to work with patients and make sure they are able to receive a broader range of services when they need it.

“Centre de Santé is looking forward to expanding its services,” said Monique Constant, director, Centre de Santé and WRHA.  “Having a family care provider and access to all manner of services under one roof will make a big difference for many families in the St. Boniface and St. Vital area.”

The premier added the centre will offer services to community resources that support adults with intellectual disabilities and to children and families through children’s and community living disABILITY services. 

Manitoba Family Services will offer employment and training supports for people with disabilities as well as employment and income assistance. The Saint Boniface Bilingual Services Centre, which offers government services in partnership with Service Canada and the City of Winnipeg, will also be located in the building.

“This will mean better access to bilingual services in the health and social services area, as well as broader government services, under one roof for a diverse and growing population,” says Selinger.

There are currently five ACCESS Centres in Winnipeg, including ACCESS River East, ACCESS Transcona, ACCESS NorWest, ACCESS Downtown, and ACCESS Winnipeg West as well as several integrated health and social service centres.

Source: Province of Manitoba

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