A modernized Official Languages Act

Since its adoption in 1969, the Official Languages Act (the Act) has helped us accomplish many things. However, the Act was no longer sufficient to ensure respect for the language rights of Canadians.

The passage of Bill C-13 brings the long-awaited modernization of the Act to fruition and marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of official languages. The modernized Act, which is now more robust and more responsive to today’s language realities than ever before, will play a major role in this new chapter. 

The Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act will come into force on a date to be set by order in council.

Current Situation

June 20, 2023


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 received Royal Assent.

History of the Official Languages Act