2019

The Official Languages Act celebrates its 50th anniversary

Adopted in 1969 in response to one of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, the Official Languages Act celebrates its golden anniversary.

To mark the occasion, a historic symposium bringing together nearly 500 stakeholders was held in Ottawa to celebrate the progress made in official languages and to reflect on the future of the Act. In 2018, the Government of Canada committed to modernizing the Act to maximize its effectiveness.

In addition, the Royal Canadian Mint created a silver collector coin to mark 50 years of the Official Languages Act. Since it was enacted, the Act has recognized the equal status of English and French in all federal institutions.