2005

Parliament adopts Bill S-3, which concerns Part VII of the Official Languages Act

This amendment to the Act consolidates the legal foundations of Canadian duality.

The Bill clarified the scope of Part VII of the Official Languages Act. From that day forward, federal institutions had to take positive measures to enhance the vitality of English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and to foster the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

They were required to show that their policies, programs, guidelines and priorities gave due consideration to the interests and needs of official language minority communities and helped to promote the full recognition of both official languages in Canadian society. Moreover, legal action was now possible in the event of a breach of obligations.