France Gélinas is the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Nickel Belt and the NDP Critic for Health & Long Term Care, Francophone Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs. She is a health care professional and community leader.
Since being elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2007, France has advocated for her constituents. She is passionate about health promotion and has been instrumental in bringing forward a number of new legislations such as the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (to regulate the tanning beds industry), the ban on flavored tobacco, as well as a bill to make the French Language Commissioner an officer of the Legislature.
France is a trained and licensed physiotherapist. She started her career in Sudbury at Laurentian Hospital, now Health Sciences North. After graduating from Laurentian University with a Master’s in Business Administration, she became a health care administrator. For many years, France worked as the Executive Director of the Community Health Centre in Sudbury. Under her leadership the Centre expanded to many small and rural communities in the North East, opened the Corner Clinic serving the homeless population and became the lead agency for the Sudbury Homelessness Network.
France has served in multiple voluntary roles. She has been a member of the United Way’s Citizen Advisory Panel, President of the Sudbury and Manitoulin District Health Council, President of the Francophone Reference Group of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and President of the Association of Ontario Health Centres.
France, a Franco-Ontarian, lives in Greater Sudbury with her spouse Keith Harris. They have three children and six grandchildren. France is also a bush pilot, a competitive rower and an avid snow boarder.