The Government of Canada passes the new Official Languages Act

The new Official Languages Act ensures the full implementation of the language rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The scope of the new Act is considerably broader than that of the 1969 Act. First, it updates and specifies the rights of citizens and the obligations of federal institutions with respect to the language of services.

Its scope also extends to two new areas: language of work and the equitable participation of English- and French-speaking Canadians within the public service.

One of its new components, Part VII, commits federal institutions to assisting in the development of official language minority communities and promoting English and French in Canadian society.