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.


Notes for an appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages – Presentation of the 2019–2020 Annual Report and 2020–2021 Main Estimates

Friday, November 13, 2020

Although we’re meeting today on a virtual platform, I would like to acknowledge that I’m addressing 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’m pleased to be connecting with you today in...

Notes for an address at the Official Languages Act Conference of the Quebec Community Groups Network

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

I’m very pleased to be part of this commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. First, I would like to acknowledge that the land on which we are gathered is part of the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people, an Indigenous people of the Ottawa...

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