Thorough review produces more inclusive official languages regulations
“Three years of consultations, collaboration and comments have resulted in the finalization of these amended regulations to better serve Canadians in the official language of their choice. We have listened and worked hard to better reflect today’s technological and demographic realities, especially for official language minority communities.”
- The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
“Support for official language minority communities and promotion of our two official languages show Canada’s true commitment to diversity and accommodation of minority rights. The new regulations expand bilingual service coverage for Canadians and their families, and reflect extensive feedback from across the country.”
- Greg Fergus, Parliamentary Secretary to The Honourable Joyce Murray, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
The regulatory amendments will result in some 700 newly bilingual offices, increasing the percentage of bilingual federal points of service from 34% to more than 40%.
The changes will increase bilingual services in a variety of federal institutions that play important roles for linguistic minority communities. For example:
- Over 145,000 Canadians living outside of major urban centres will have access to a Service Canada office in the official language of their choice for the first time, providing them with a wide range of government services and benefits
- Over 60,000 more people will have access to the public safety and security services of the RCMP in the official language of their choice
The bilingual designation of offices will be protected, even if the proportion of the local official language minority population (5% threshold) has declined.
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