Key questions to facilitate decision-making that may impact on the implementation of section 41 of the Official Languages Act

Federal institutions are called upon to make many strategic decisions concerning, for example:

But what impact could these decisions have on the implementation of section 41 of the Official Languages Act, that is, on their obligation to official language minority communities and on the advancement of English and French in Canadian society?

The following are some key questions for federal institutions to consider when making such decisions.

Notice to readers

The purpose of this document is to assist federal institutions in identifying, within the framework of their mandate, action plans related to the implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act. Please note that this document does not constitute legal advice. For such advice, please consult the legal services unit of your federal institution, which, when needed, will contact the Official Languages Directorate of Justice Canada.

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