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.
March 1, 2022 – 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.
Commissioner’s positions and statements
History of the Official Languages Act
- The Act is passed
- Major review of the Act
- Minor amendments to the Act
- Plateauing of the implementation of the Act
- Recommendation to modernize the Act
- Public consultations on the modernization of the Act
- Study on the modernization of the Act
- Commissioner's vision for modernizing the Act
- Tabling of the Commissioner's position paper on the modernization of the Act
- Symposium on the 50th anniversary of the Act
- Publication of the reform document entitled English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada
- Commissioner's appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages
- Tabling of Bill C-32 to achieve substantive equality of English and French and to strengthen the Official Languages Act