1974

Quebec passes its Official Language Act

The Official Language Act replaces the Act to promote the French language in Quebec and makes French the province’s official language.

Under the Act, public signage was now required to be in French but could include another language. English was relegated to the same status as Polish, Ukrainian or German, for example.

Access to English-language school was limited to children who already had a sufficient knowledge of the language. The Act would have long-term effects on the demographic weight of the English-speaking minority.

Companies looking to do business with the provincial government had to implement a francization program.

The French version of legislation would now prevail over the English version in case of any discrepancy.

Source: Collection Assemblée nationale du Québec, Claude Bureau (photographer).

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