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You can now get French accents on your health card

Province says it aims to enable the inclusion of French characters on all Ontario government identification
Ontario Health Card.

Franco-Ontarians with French accents in their names can finally have their moniker correctly spelled on their health card as Ontario now offers the option of using French-language characters like accents.

The province said it is part of a plan to make French characters available on all identification issued by the Ontario government. French characters are also available for driver’s licences and photo cards.

“We are supporting Ontario’s Francophone community and improving their experience when accessing vital government services throughout the province, including health care,” said Sylvia Jones, deputy premier and minister of Health.

To change your identification, you can visit any ServiceOntario location to request a replacement health card with the French characters included. There is no charge for making the change. You will be required to show proper supporting identification documents.

Need to renew your health card? You can do it online at or book an in-person meeting at