The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada is an agent of Parliament whose duty is to promote Canada’s official languages and protect the language rights of Canadians. A critical component of the Commissioner’s job is to report to parliamentary committees in both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. The Commissioner of Official Languages also travels from coast to coast, participating in panel discussions, meeting key partners and delivering speeches on official languages to young Canadians, researchers, public service employees and community leaders. You will find many of his speeches here.


Speaking Notes for an Appearance Before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

Monday, June 07, 2021

On February 19, the federal government released its reform document entitled English and French: Towards a substantive equality of official languages in Canada.

Opening remarks for the Archives and Libraries in Official Language Minority Communities – Issues and Future national conference

Thursday, May 20, 2021

First, I’d like to congratulate Library and Archives Canada and its partners for their proactive efforts, which have made it possible to begin defining the relationship between memory and vitality. This is important work to better support official language minority communities in Canada.

Notes for an address at the launch of Atlantic Region Official Languages Week 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

Although today’s meeting is taking place virtually, it is important to mention that I am speaking to you from Treaty One territory, the traditional territory of the Anishinabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the home of the Métis Nation.

Commissioner’s speech for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission public hearing (CRTC)

Friday, January 22, 2021

Thank you for the opportunity to offer my perspective on the renewal of the broadcasting licences for various CBC/Radio-Canada services. Here with me are Pierre Leduc, Assistant Commissioner of our Policy and Communications Branch; Jean Marleau, Acting Assistant Commissioner of our Compliance...

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