Toward a modernized Official Languages Act

Since its adoption in 1969, the Official Languages Act (the Act) has helped us accomplish many things. However, challenges are coming from all sides and the Act, as we know it, is no longer sufficient to ensure that the language rights of Canadians are respected. A true modernization of the Act is needed so that official languages can thrive in today’s Canada and in our country’s future.

We need an Act that is relevant, dynamic and strong that fosters the vitality of linguistic minorities and guides federal institutions in complying with their duties to the Canadian public.

Current Situation

June 20, 2022

A bill must go through the legislative process before it becomes law. Once introduced, the bill must go through two readings before being sent to a committee for a clause-by-clause review. The committee then reports the bill, with or without amendments. The bill is then read a third time and sent to the Senate for passage before receiving Royal Assent.

Bill C-13 is currently at the committee stage.

Commissioner’s positions and statements


History of the Official Languages Act

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