The National Health Training Consortium

Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS)

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) brings together 16 colleges and universities of the Canadian francophonie, located outside Quebec. It was created in 2003 through funding from Health Canada's Program for Official Languages in Health (OLHP).

Health Canada's support, in addition to the funds invested by the provinces to support the training of health professionals, enables CNFS member institutions to increase the number of front-line health professionals able to offer health services to French-speaking minority communities.

Program for Official Languages ​​in Health (POLH)

The Official Languages ​​Health Program (OLHP) is part of the federal government's Action Plan for Official Languages. The OLHP aims to improve access to health services for official language minority communities (OLMCs).


The Association of Colleges and Universities of the Canadian Francophonie (ACUFC) brings together 22 colleges and universities. The ACUFC aims to increase access to post-secondary training programs in French and related activities for its members, while pursuing structuring and sustainable changes for the collective good;
The Health Committee is made up of the CEOs of CNFS member establishments. Appointed by the ACUFC Board of Directors, this committee is responsible for reviewing the strategic orientations of the healthcare sector and making recommendations;
The national secretariat (NS) is primarily responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of CNFS objectives. It implements national strategies to support recruitment, clinical training, graduate integration and research;
The Coordination and Steering Committee brings together the coordinators of CNFS member establishments. The purpose of this committee is to ensure cohesion within the CNFS.

Members of the CNFS

The 16 CNFS member colleges and universities are located in 8 Canadian provinces with French-speaking minority communities. In total, CNFS member institutions offer more than 75 training programs in frontline health care targeted by the CNFS.

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Partenaires régionaux


Le secrétariat national du CNFS collabore avec des partenaires dans les régions du Canada où aucun établissement d’enseignement postsecondaire n’offre de programmes en santé en français. Il s’agit des trois territoires canadiens. Ces partenaires contribuent à accroitre l’accès à des services de santé en français dans ces régions.

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The CNFS national secretariat team

Lynn Brouillette

President & CEO ACUFC

(613) 244-7837 #104

Lynn Brouillette has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the Canadian Francophonie (ACUFC) since February 2016. Previously, she held the positions of executive manager and executive director of the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) for eight years. She worked for nineteen years in the college system in Ontario, notably in administration and project management at Collège Boréal in Sudbury.

Ms. Brouillette's career has been dedicated to advancing and strengthening post-secondary education in French. In this respect, she has been the driving force behind initiatives to increase the active offer of health services in French by training professionals equipped to offer these services, with confidence and conviction, in their workplace. Her expertise and commitment have enabled the CNFS to become a recognized leader in this field, both in Canada and abroad.

As CEO of the ACUFC, she has contributed to the consolidation of the association, which supports the expansion of programs and services among its members, for the benefit of French-speaking minority communities. Under Ms. Brouillette's leadership, the ACUFC has seen its scope of influence and activities expand, particularly in the health, justice and international sectors, as well as in the French education continuum.

Ms. Brouillette holds a B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa, as well as a B.Ed. in Education and an MBA from Laurentian University.

CNFS Active Offer

The active offer consists of offering, from the first meeting, health services in both official languages. For members of French-speaking minority communities, the active offer represents a first step towards access to health services in French.