Speeches

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.

2022

Notes for an address at the 89th ACFAS Congress: The Health of Francophones in a Minority Language Context: 20 Years of Research

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Gatineau, Quebec, May 12, 2022 Raymond Théberge - Commissioner of Official Languages Check against delivery


Opening remarks - Launch of issue 17 of the journal Linguistic Minorities and Society: 50 Years of Legislation Concerning Official Languages in Canada: Review and Prospects

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Ottawa, Ontario, April 19, 2022 Raymond Théberge - Commissioner of Official Languages Check against delivery


Notes for an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Ottawa, Ontario, March 30, 2022 Raymond Théberge - Commissioner of Official Languages Check against delivery


Commissioner’s Speech to the Quebec Federal Council

Thursday, March 10, 2022

You may have noticed that official languages are in the spotlight now more than ever, and my office has been staying very busy over the past few years with a wide variety of recurrent and emerging issues. In my ombudsman role, I receive complaints from Canadians about federal institutions’...


Notes for an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Although today’s meeting is taking place virtually, I would like to acknowledge that I am speaking to you from Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. I am here today to talk to you about urgent...


Notes for an appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

Monday, February 07, 2022

Thank you for inviting me to talk to you about the current language situation in the country. Although today’s meeting is taking place virtually, I would like to acknowledge that I am speaking to you from Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji‑Cree, Dakota and...


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