Modernization of the Official Languages Act

Discover how the Official Languages Act has marked our history and learn more about the modernization of this Act. Share your opinion on the Act’s future.

Introduction of Bill C-32, an Act for the Substantive Equality of French and English and the Strengthening of the Official Languages Act

On June 15, the Government of Canada introduced a bill that would modernize the Official Languages Act to reflect a changing society.

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English and French: Towards a substantive equality of official languages in Canada

The document presents the Government of Canada's vision for official languages reform aimed at modernizing and strengthening the Official Languages Act (OLA) and its related instruments. It details concrete proposals to better protect and promote official languages and optimize existing measures.

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Message from the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

Minister Mélanie Joly

Our vision for this modernization is that of an Act that promotes our country’s official languages, reflects the vitality of official-language minority communities and better supports these communities in the face of daily demographic challenges. It is also the vision of an Act that is better understood and implemented for the benefit of all Canadians.

Our two official languages represent an important economic, social and cultural asset. As a country, we have the responsibility to build on it. And as Minister of Official Languages, I have a mandate to successfully carry out this modernization in order to ensure that it remains a valuable asset for future generations.

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An Act to review

Learn why the Government of Canada is modernizing the Official Languages Act.

Summary document: Engaging Canadians as a Step Towards Modernizing the Official Languages Act

Discover the views of Canadians collected as part of the review process for modernizing the Official Languages Act.

An Act that serves all Canadians

Discover the importance of the Official Languages Act in Canada.

History of the Official Languages Act

Review some of the important milestones of the Official Languages Act.

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