2019

The Office of the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario closes its doors

In December 2018, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed Bill 57, which made cuts to French language services in Ontario, including the abolition of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner (OFLSC).

As of May 1, 2019, the new legislation transferred the duties of the position of Commissioner of French Language Services, held by François Boileau since 2007, to the French Language Services Unit of the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario, Paul Dubé. 

Doug Ford’s government closed the OFLSC despite Franco Ontarians’ efforts to protect their language rights, which included a series of demonstrations organized by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO).