New Brunswick passes a new Official Languages Act

The new Act is a legislative milestone for the Government of New Brunswick.

The new Act was passed in response to the need to update the 1969 Act and to take major court decisions into account, particularly the Charlebois case.

The new Act also:

  • imposed language obligations on certain municipalities;
  • created an Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick;
  • gave citizens the right to receive health care services in both official languages; and
  • provided a mechanism for reviewing the Act every 10 years.