2022 Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations 

Current status: Open

Opens May 24, 2022, and closes August 31, 2022.

About the consultations

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages, has a mandate to develop a new plan for official languages. This process will be informed by a consultation exercise running from May 24 to the end of August. The consultations target the general public, official language minority communities, advocacy organizations, provincial and territorial representatives, and federal institutions and organizations.

Through this new Action Plan, the Government of Canada is committed to doing more and doing better, in order to maintain its support for the vitality of official language minority communities and the advancement of the two official languages, while giving special attention to the protection and promotion of French across Canada, including in Quebec. The government wants to renew its efforts in the area of official languages in a way that reflects and showcases the strengths associated with the rich diversity of our communities.

The purpose of this plan is to use programs and funding to further and support the full gamut of legislative and administrative measures in the reform document entitled English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada.

Why are we consulting?

The purpose of these consultations is to determine whether the broad objectives and initiatives of Action Plan 2018–2023 are still appropriate, given the guiding principles of the language regime reform, and to make the necessary adjustments. Those guiding principles are:

  1. to improve the compliance of federal institutions and organizations with the Act;
  2. to protect and promote French across Canada;
  3. to stimulate learning and appreciation of the two official languages; and
  4. to strengthen our support in order to foster the development of Canada’s rich and numerous official language minority communities.

Who should participate?

The Government of Canada is seeking input from all Canadians, whether in Canada or abroad, who have an interest in, or want to share their opinion on, official languages.

Join in: How to participate

In-person town hall forums: Regional tour

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will conduct a cross-Canada tour to meet in person with key stakeholders, members of official language minority communities, government officials and representatives of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Note that dates are subject to change.

Dates and locations for the regional tour
Expected dates Location (city, province)
24 May 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia (Announcement and launching of the activities)
26 May 2022 Winnipeg, Manitoba
10 June 2022 Toronto, Ontario
Postponed (Date to be confirmed) Regina, Saskatchewan
Postponed (Date to be confirmed) Edmonton, Alberta
6 July 2022 Montréal, Québec
7 July 2022 Sherbrooke, Québec
13 July 2022 Sudbury, Ontario
18 July 2022 Iqaluit, Nunavut
19 July 2022 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
20 July 2022 Moncton, New Brunswick
21 July 2022 Whitehorse, Yukon
21 July 2022 Saint John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
4 August 2022 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
9 August 2022 Halifax, Nova Scotia

Formal consultation with provincial and territorial governments (Minister to Minister letter, Ministerial Council for Canadian Francophonie, dialogue opportunities and bilateral meetings)

Mechanisms

Participants

Consult the Discussion Guide for more information.

Public consultations are open to all Canadians from May 24 to August 31, 2022

Share your ideas online

Complete the questionnaire

Participate by mail or email

Contact us by sending a letter, testimonial, essay, or relevant documents.

Virtual thematic dialogue sessions

As part of the public consultations to be conducted by the Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency from May to August 2022, certain thematic events are anticipated.

Consult the Discussion Guide for more information.

Note: Participation in the virtual consultations is by invitation only. Dates are subject to change. However, you will find the questions that will be asked during these sessions in the discussion document.

Date Theme
June 2, 2022 Francophone immigration
June 8, 2022 Education continuum
June 16, 2022 Appreciation of French and English: arts and culture, youth, seniors, and key institutions
July 4, 2022 Official languages, diversity, and inclusion
July 4, 2022 Second language learning and enhancement and French immersion
July 5, 2022 Protection and promotion of French: private sector, private businesses under federal jurisdiction, international and cultural diplomacy, scientific knowledge
July 5, 2022 Exemplary government, research, and knowledge of the realities of official languages in Canada

Closing summit

Note that dates are subject to change.

Date Location

To be determined –
August 25 , 2022 – expected

Ottawa, Ontario / Gatineau, Quebec

Contact us

Canadian Heritage
Official Languages Branch
15 Eddy Street, 7th floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5

Email
Consultations_LO-OL_Consultations@pch.gc.ca
Telephone
819-994-2222
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY
1-888-997-3123

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

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