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2018

Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to appear before the Senate at the Standing Committee on Official Languages - Modernization of the Official Languages Act

Monday, December 10, 2018

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the Senate at the Standing Committee on Official Languages on Monday, December 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. to talk about his 2017–2018 annual report and 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 - State of Canada's Francophonie

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages on Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 9:45 a.m. ​​to discuss the State of Canada's Francophonie.


Government stops halfway with new regulations, says language commissioner

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

While the proposed amendments to the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations recently announced by the federal government are a step in the right direction, they do not go far enough to reflect Canada’s changing demographics and protect official language...


Letter to the Editor – Erosion of rights goes beyond Ontario’s borders

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

When I heard about the Government of Ontario’s decision to eliminate the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and to scrap plans for a French-language university in Toronto, I came to the sad conclusion that the trend to undermine language rights knows no borders.


Major victory for access to justice in both official languages

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Commissioner of Official Languages, Raymond Théberge, welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada this morning in the case of Mazraani v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.


Backgrounder: Priorities of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge has set three main priorities for his mandate


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages - 2017–2018 annual report

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 8:45 a.m. to talk about his 2017–2018 annual report and his priorities for the coming years.


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages regarding the preliminary investigation report on Canadian Heritage's investment agreement with Netflix Inc.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge issued the following statement today: “I must limit my comments, as the investigation in question is not final—it is a preliminary investigation report.


Language rights: Commissioner Théberge appeals decision in FFCB case

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Raymond Théberge, the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, is appealing today the decision handed down by the Federal Court on May 23, 2018, in the case of the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) versus Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the...


Commissioner of Official Languages calls for immediate change in federal institutions

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The federal government must show leadership and commitment in order to fulfill its responsibilities under the Official Languages Act, said Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge, who tabled his 2017–2018 annual report today.


Media Advisory: Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge to present his 2017–2018 annual report

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Théberge will release his 2017–2018 annual report on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at 10:15 a.m. at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, in Ottawa, Ontario. A technical briefing on the report will be held at the same location at 9:15 a.m.


Commissioner Théberge issues Special Report to Parliament on Regulations that define services to the public in Canada's two official languages

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In a special report tabled in Parliament today, Commissioner Théberge called on parliamentarians to ensure that the government’s review of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations reflects current realities.


On-line public consultations, because official languages are everyone's business

Thursday, April 19, 2018

As the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act draws near, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is inviting Canadians to share their opinions on very specific aspects of the Act through on‑line public consultations.


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