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Official Languages in Canada

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The bilingualism bonus for federal public servants is introduced

The federal government begins paying a bilingualism bonus to all of its employees who hold a bilingual position.
Fransaskois flag

In Saskatchewan, a contest is held to choose the Fransaskois flag

The contest is sponsored by the Association jeunesse fransaskoise.
Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne's logo

The Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne officially opens in Fredericton, New Brunswick

This is the first school and community centre in Canada.
Franco-ténois Flag

The Fédération franco-ténoise is created

Founded in Yellowknife, the Fédération defends the interests of the Northwest Territories’ French-speaking community.

The Government of Canada creates the Court Challenges Program of Canada

The Program provides financial assistance to help individuals or groups clarify language rights before the courts.
Convention d'orientation nationale des Acadiens. Edmunston (New Brunswick), 1979

The Société des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick organizes the Convention d’orientation nationale

In Edmundston, New Brunswick, 1,200 delegates discuss the creation of an Acadian province and a more equitable share of political power.
Franco-Manitoban flag

The Franco-Manitoban flag is unveiled

The flag’s design was chosen in a provincial competition organized by the Conseil jeunesse provincial.
Parliament Building

The first federal parliamentary committee exclusively responsible for studying official languages issues is created

In 1980, this committee includes members of the Senate and the House of Commons.
Government of Manitoba's logo

The Government of Manitoba creates the French Language Services Secretariat

The Secretariat facilitates, guides and monitors all government department activity concerning French-language services.
Logo of the National Program for the Integration of Both Official Languages in the Administration of Justice

The National Program for the Integration of Both Official Languages in the Administration of Justice is created

This program focuses on improving access to justice in both official languages.

Alliance Quebec is created

Alliance Quebec is formed to advocate for the province’s English-speaking community.
Franco-colombien's Flag

A new flag flies over British Columbia’s French-speaking communities

Raymond Lemoine, principal of École des Pionniers in Maillardville, designs the winning entry in a 1981 contest to create the new Franco-Columbian flag.

The report entitled Towards Equality of the Official Languages in New Brunswick is published

The Poirier-Bastarache report describes the findings of a New Brunswick task force on official languages.

Yukon Francophones form the Association franco-yukonnaise

The Association works with its partners to create and develop the services, activities and institutions needed in order for Yukon’s French-speaking community to remain dynamic.
Franco-Albertan flag
March 6, 1982

The Franco-Albertan flag flies for the first time

Jean-Pierre Grenier wins the design competition organized by Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta.
Association des parents fransaskois's logo

Fransaskois parents mobilize for the right to govern French-language schools in Saskatchewan

Along the way, they found the Association des parents fransaskois.
D’Iberville Fortier

D’Iberville Fortier is appointed as the third Commissioner of Official Languages

Commissioner Fortier believes that official language minority communities need better protection.

The Committee of Deputy Ministers on Official Languages is created

The Committee’s mandate is to coordinate the management of the government’s official languages priorities and programs.
Logo of the Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques

The Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques is founded

This Centre is the result of the efforts of Collège Mathieu’s executives.
The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag

The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag is adopted

The three unequal panels of red, white and blue represent the community’s French origins.
The Franco-Yukonnais Flag

The Franco-Yukonnais flag shows its colours for the first time

The flag’s colours are blue, gold and white.

The first Summit of La Francophonie is held in Paris

Canada is represented by the federal government and the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.
Franco-Manitoban flag

The first États généraux de la Société franco-manitobaine is held

The report, which was submitted in 1988, focused on the major concerns in seven sectors: education, services, culture-heritage-leisure, media, youth, economy and the Francophone community’s internal and external relations.
François Mitterrand, Brian Mulroney and Robert Bourassa, at a press conference during the summit in Québec City.

The 1987 Summit of La Francophonie in Québec City

Québec City plays host to the second-ever international Summit of La Francophonie.
Old logo of Dialogue Nouveau-Brunswick

Dialogue New Brunswick is created

Dialogue New Brunswick sets itself apart from every other organization by eschewing political and economic goals.

Saskatchewan creates its Francophone Affairs Branch

The Francophone Affairs Branch serves as a liaison between the provincial government and the Fransaskois community.

The failure of the Meech Lake Accord has a major impact on relations between English-and French-speaking Canadians

The Accord, which is an agreement between the federal and provincial governments to amend the 1982 Constitution so that Quebec would accept it, fails at the same time as Quebec’s sovereignty movement gains momentum.

The Department of the Secretary of State signs the first Canada-community agreement with the Fransaskois community

After Saskatchewan, other provinces and territories will also sign this type of agreement with the federal government.

The Northwest Territories creates the Languages Commissioner position

The Languages Commissioner ensures that the territorial government’s institutions respect the Northwest Territories’ Official Languages Act.
Picture of Victor Goldbloom

Victor Goldbloom is appointed as the fourth Commissioner of Official Languages

An English-speaking Quebecer and therefore from a minority community himself, Commissioner Goldbloom seeks to encourage positive relationships between the two official language communities and becomes involved in all aspects of minority community development.
Drapeau franco-ténois

The Franco-Ténois flag is hoisted for the first time in the Northwest Territories

Mostly sky blue, the flag depicts a curved base with a polar bear looking at a symbol that is half fleur-de-lis and half snowflake.
Statue of Louis Riel in front of the Manitoba Legislature.

The House of Commons recognizes Louis Riel as a founder of Manitoba

A resolution is passed recognizing “the unique and historic role of Louis Riel . . . and his contribution in the development of Confederation.”

Canadians vote NO to the Charlottetown Accord

Criticized as a “dog’s breakfast” of constitutional reform, the confusing Charlottetown Accord fails to gain the support of a majority of Canadians.
The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag
May 30, 1992

The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag is raised in front of the Confederation Building in St. John’s for the first time

To commemorate the event, French-speaking communities across the province will celebrate this recognition of their rights every May 30.

The first Ministerial Conference on Francophone Affairs is held

Held during the first Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress), this Conference provided an opportunity for provincial and territorial ministers responsible for Francophone affairs to discuss common issues.
Quebec Community Groups Network Logo

The Quebec Community Groups Network is founded

In 1994, Canadian Heritage brought together 15 Quebec-based regional and sectoral organizations to better manage program and funding priorities. A year later, that group founded the Quebec Community Groups Network.
Logo of the Conseil de développement économique du Manitoba

The Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities is founded

The CDEM is the driving force behind economic development in Manitoba’s 17 bilingual municipalities.
Banner of the Centre du patrimoine in Manitoba

The Centre du patrimoine officially opens in St. Boniface, Manitoba

The Centre is an archives and research centre.

A French language health services network is created in eastern Ontario

The Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Est de l’Ontario deals with issues that affect the region’s French-speaking community.
Photo of Dyane Adam

Dyane Adam is appointed as the fifth Commissioner of Official Languages

From the moment she takes office, Commissioner Adam defines her role as an agent of change.

The City of Moncton hosts the eighth Sommet de La Francophonie

New Brunswick, Canada’s only officially bilingual province, hosts this international meeting.
Parliament Building

The Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language Communities is created

The Government of Canada sets up the Interdepartmental Partnership to promote long-term development and increase the dynamism of both official language minority communities.
Logo "bonjour hello" of the Government of Manitoba

Manitoba’s first Bilingual Service Centre opens in St. Boniface

The Centres are a direct result of the recommendations in the Chartier Report, Above All, Common Sense.
Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard' logo

The French Language Health Services Network is created in Prince Edward Island

This organization strives to increase access to French-language health and social services for Acadian and Francophone Prince Edward Islanders. It was incorporated in 2013 and became the PEI French Health Network.

The Franco-Nunavut flag is adopted

In the Franco-Nunavut flag, the blue represents the Arctic sky, and the white represents snow, which is abundant in this vast territory.
Société Santé en français' logo

The Société Santé en français is created

The Société brings together key partners providing health and social services.
Moncton City Hall
August 6, 2002

The City of Moncton, New Brunswick, becomes officially bilingual

It is the first Canadian city to show off its bilingualism!

RésoSanté is a non-profit provincial organization that promotes French-language health and welfare services in British Columbia

The organization was created following provincial and national studies that showed differences in access to health services faced by Francophone minority communities in Canada.
 Réseau en santé en français en Saskatchewan's logo

The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan is created

The Réseau’s mandate is to promote, protect and improve access to French-language health services in Saskatchewan.
Logo of Réseau santé albertain

A French language health services network takes root in Alberta

Through an agreement with the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta, Alberta’s Francophone community gives the Réseau santé albertain a mandate to develop the delivery of French language health services in the province.