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Official Languages in Canada

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The new federal immigration law takes effect

It is called the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
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The Government of Canada launches the Action Plan for Official Languages

The Action Plan is endowed with an initial budget of $750 million.
December 10, 2003

A royal proclamation acknowledges the injustices inflicted on Acadians during their deportation

In her proclamation, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the tragic consequences of the deportation.

Imperative staffing becomes the norm in the public service

New Treasury Board official language policies and directives state that from now on, apart from exceptions approved by the deputy minister or assistant deputy minister, bilingual positions must be staffed by individuals who are bilingual when they are hired.
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Nova Scotia passes its French Language Services Act

This Act aims to foster the ongoing development of the province’s Acadian and Francophone community and specifies the terms and conditions under which provincial institutions provide services in French.
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The Government of Saskatchewan adopts its French-Language Services Policy

In the Policy, the Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that linguistic duality is a fundamental characteristic of Canada.
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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.
Hôtel du Parlement du Québec, 1977

The Quebec Policy on the Canadian Francophonie is adopted

The policy seeks to give Quebec a coordinating role and commits the province to taking concrete actions to support Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities.

A new Language Rights Support Program replaces the official languages component of the Court Challenges Program, which had been eliminated in 2006

The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne reaches an agreement with the federal government on the creation of a new program.

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut adopts the Official Languages Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act

The Official Languages Act recognizes the official status of the English, French and Inuit languages.
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Stephen Harper’s federal government eliminates the mandatory long-form census questionnaire

It will now be more difficult to obtain specific data on official language minority communities.
Ontario Legislative Assembly

The Ontario government adopts a regulation to clarify the obligations of the French Language Services Act

It is called Ontario Regulation 284/11: Provision of French Language Services on Behalf of Government Agencies.
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Manitoba adopts The Bilingual Service Centres Act

The French Language Services Policy is not backed with legislative guarantees.

Prince Edward Island revises its French Language Services Act

The French Language Services Act is revised after extensive consultations within the provincial government and the community.

Federal government announces the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City will remain open

In 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the closure of the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City, triggering strong reactions from people worried about losing the public’s right to be served in French.
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Newfoundland and Labrador adopts its French Languages Services Policy

The Policy aims to ensure a more consistent and coordinated approach to service delivery in French throughout the provincial government.
Guests gathering around the franco-manitobain flag at the policy announcement.

The Government of Alberta adopts its French Policy

After years of lobbying by the Franco-Albertan community, the provincial government establishes a policy that recognizes Alberta’s French-speaking population.
The Ontario Legislative Building located in Queen’s Park, Toronto

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).

The Government decides to reinstate the Court Challenges Program

After its elimination in 2006 and replacement by the Language Rights Support Program in 2008, the Court Challenges Program (CCP) was restored by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in February 2017.

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.