1970

Keith Spicer becomes the first Commissioner of Official Languages

The first Commissioner would play an important role in implementing the Official Languages Act.

After observing that French was practically non-existent in most federal offices, even in Quebec, Keith Spicer sought to strengthen linguistic duality in the government.

The first Commissioner was a talented communicator and devoted many of his efforts to explaining the Act and its objectives. He distributed information kits, gave speeches and launched several promotion and advertising initiatives.

His entry into office on April 1, 1970, signified the official creation of the Commissioner’s Office, which is now called the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada.