2020

Commissioner of Official Languages urges federal institutions to always respect their language obligations during crisis situations

Thursday, October 29, 2020

During an emergency, Canadians rely on government authorities to provide them with the information and guidance they need to protect their health and safety and that of their families. The health crisis triggered by the COVID‑19 pandemic, like a number of other past crises, has exposed many...


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages presents his report on the impact of emergency situations on official languages

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will be presenting his report, A Matter of Respect and Safety: The Impact of Emergency Situations on Official Languages during a virtual press conference on Thursday, October 29.


Commissioner of Official Languages calls on Prime Minister to ensure Canadians can exercise their fundamental rights

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Despite being envied internationally for living in a bilingual country, Canadians experience some real challenges in exercising their official languages rights. These include the right to receive services from the federal government, the right to vote and the right to receive safety-related...


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to table his 2019–2020 Annual Report

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Commissioner of Official Languages, Raymond Théberge, will be tabling his 2019–2020 annual report, Tuesday, September 29th.


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-britannique v British Columbia

Friday, June 12, 2020

“I am delighted with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia. This is a major victory for the broad and liberal interpretation—and the advancement—of language rights in Canada. This decision upholds and reinforces one of...


Beyond the Official Languages Act, it’s a matter of respect and safety for all Canadians

Thursday, April 23, 2020

“We can all agree that we are living in a precarious time in which the behaviours, actions and choices of Canadians are paramount in addressing the COVID‑19 crisis head on. Canadians are getting used to the 24‑hour news cycle of news conferences and updates on the pandemic, all of which are crucial...


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages regarding the pandemic

Friday, March 20, 2020

“We are currently living in exceptional times with the COVID-19 pandemic. As most Canadians, I am deeply preoccupied with the current situation. I want to acknowledge the incredible efforts being put in place to keep all Canadians safe and healthy.


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