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.
June 20, 2022
- Brief of the Commissioner of Official Languages: Seizing a Historic Opportunity: For a Complete Modernization of the OLA
- Summary of the brief of the Commissioner
Commissioner’s positions and statements
History of the Official Languages Act
- Tabling of Bill C-13: An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other acts.
- Tabling of Bill C-32 to achieve substantive equality of English and French and to strengthen the Official Languages Act
- Commissioner's appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages
- Publication of the reform document entitled English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada
- Symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Act
- Tabling of the Commissioner's position paper on the modernization of the Act
- Commissioner's vision for modernizing the Act
- Study on the modernization of the Act
- Public consultations on the modernization of the Act
- Recommendation to modernize the Act
- Plateauing of the implementation of the Act
- Minor amendments to the Act
- Major review of the Act
- The Act is passed