Highlights / official languages

Society

Free online program will teach English, French

The Canadian government has announced a plan to create a new online program to promote the learning of English and French as a second language. The program will cost $16 million and will be designed and implemented by the public» 

Politics, Society

Official languages act to be modernized

This year is the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Language Act which recognized the equal status of English and French and gave all those who spoke English or French the right to communicate with the federal government and receive services» 

Society

‘Critical shortage’ of French teachers flagged by language official

Canadian parents increasingly want their children to learn French as a second language but there are not enough teachers to meet the demand, says Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages. The commissioner’s mandate as set out by Parliament is to ensure» 

Arts and Entertainment, Society

English and French minority schools get funds for cultural activities

The government of Canada has many projects to promote the country’s two official languages, English and French. As part of that it will provide up to $7.5 million starting in 2019-20 for cultural activities in schools where the language is» 

Politics

Former politician drops bid to become official languages commissioner

Former politician Madeleine Meilleur has withdrawn her candidacy for commissioner of official languages amid persistent criticism that she could not be impartial. Independent commissioner promote French and English The role of the commissioner is to promote the equality of English» 

Politics, Society

Language watchdog to investigate complaints about leader

Canada’s commissioner of official languages will investigate thirteen complaints against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because he answered English questions in French only at a town hall meeting in the province of Quebec. By law, the official languages of Canada are English» 

Arts and Entertainment, Politics, Society

Senate study: National broadcaster fails to deliver in official languages, particularly French

Canada’s national public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada failed to meet its obligations to provide content in both official languages, a Senate committee study has concluded. The study “CBC/Radio-Canada’s Language Obligations – Communities Want to See Themselves and Be Heard Coast to Coast!”»