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2019

Bilingual services provided by the Canada Border Services Agency slow to improve

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge today published a report on the follow-up to the audit of the delivery of bilingual services to travellers by the Canada Border Services Agency. The institution has made progress in many areas where shortcomings were noted in 2015, but the...


An innovative tool to encourage federal institutions to respect official languages rights

Monday, June 17, 2019

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act (the Act), Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge is proud to unveil his Official Languages Maturity Model (OLMM) today.


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, to talk about his 2018–2019 annual report and his recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act.


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages to present his 2018–2019 annual report and his recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act

Monday, May 27, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages today at 4:00 p.m. to talk about his 2018–2019 annual report and his recommendations for modernizing the Official Languages Act.


Open letter: When making budget decisions, think about our children’s future

Friday, May 24, 2019

Having two official languages is what sets Canada apart as an open and inclusive society. English and French make Canada greater than the sum of its parts by promoting national unity, helping to raise our profile on the international stage, and creating opportunities for our children to learn and...


Significant gaps identified in services provided to Canadian electors

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Commissioner of Official Languages, Raymond Théberge, published a follow-up report today on the audit of services provided to electors in English and French by the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada.


Recurring official languages issues: Commissioner offers federal government solutions for sustainable results

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Today, Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge tabled his 2018–2019 annual report, which provides an overview of the current state of official languages and includes his recommendations for long-term progress. The Commissioner also released his position paper, which includes his...


Media advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to present his 2018–2019 annual report and his position paper on the modernization of the Official Languages Act

Friday, May 03, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will release his 2018–2019 annual report and his position paper on the modernization of the Official Languages Act.


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

Friday, March 29, 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., the Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages regarding his Interim Estimates for 2019-2020.


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages about filing a brief in the appeal of the Federal Court’s decision in the FFCB case

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge issued the following statement today: “Today I am proud to stand with the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie‑Britannique (FFCB) as an appellant before the Federal Court of Appeal. In filing our written argument in the FFCB’s case against...


Official Languages Commissioner Calls on Federal Government to Address National Shortage of French-as-a-Second-Language Teachers

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In a study published today, Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge called for the Minister of Official Languages to establish a national strategy to address a chronic shortage of French-as-a-second-language (FSL) teachers.


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to release a report on the national shortage of French-as-a-second-language teachers

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will release Accessing Opportunity: A study on challenges in French-as-a-second-language education teacher supply and demand in Canada. Guest speakers will include representatives from Canadian Parents for French and from the Vancouver School...


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages about his first year in office

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge issued the following statement today: “This January 29 marks my first anniversary as Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada. Having spent my entire professional career dealing with issues that affect official language minority communities,...


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