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

This tool is one of the administrative tools proposed to federal institutions by the Department of Canadian Heritage to promote and encourage concrete positive measures.

This tool suggests an approach and presents good practices that go beyond what is prescribed by section 41 of the Official Languages Act.

For any questions regarding the legal scope and interpretation of Part VII of the Official Languages Act, federal institutions may contact the Department of Justice.


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