Online consultations on implementing regulations under the Official Languages Act (administrative monetary penalties) and the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act

Current status: Open

Opened on May 9th 2024 and will close to new input on July 3rd 2024

On June 20, 2023, Bill C-13 (An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages) received royal assent. The Government of Canada has reformed Canada’s official languages regime by modernizing the Official Languages Act and enacting a new law, the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act.


The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, has been tasked with developing 2 sets of regulations:


To make informed decisions, the Government needs to have all the relevant information at its disposal. To this end, the consultations will provide an overview of the challenges identified and suggestions made by the general public and stakeholders. With the resulting insights, the Government will be better able to assess needs, identify problems and find solutions, while also taking into account how Canada’s different linguistic, geographic and demographic realities are being experienced.

Public consultation

Let us know what you think by answering our questionnaire! This is your opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions so that the Government can develop regulations that meet the needs of all Canadians.

Fill out the questionnaire

Who can participate

The general public

Duration of online questionnaire

15 to 20 minutes


Your participation is voluntary, and your responses will remain confidential. All information gathered will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Additional information on Canada’s official languages

Contact us

Official Languages Branch
Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
7th floor
Gatineau QC  J8X 4B3

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

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

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