The purpose of this report is to present the results of the PSSC’s efforts monitoring the six evolving community priorities through an online survey and strategic consultations in 2017. The survey results provide a portrait of the activities undertaken in the current fiscal year, identify needs that are underserved and sectors of service that are under-developed, and, identify the plans developed by the various groups and organizations for addressing these needs.
In 2016, the Minister of Canadian Heritage (PCH) Mélanie Joly oversaw the Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations, a step in the Government of Canada’s development of a new multi-year action plan for official languages. This final report presents key findings from the roundtables, an online survey, and various briefs and written submissions received by PCH.
The House Standing Committee on Official Languages (LANG) this morning presented its fifth report related to the enumeration of rights-holders under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The QCGN and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) appeared together as witnesses on February 16, during the report’s study phase. The report makes the following recommendations, which support our community’s interests.
Recommendation 1: That, pursuant to section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Government of Canada work with the provincial and territorial governments, official-language minority school boards and other community stakeholders to develop and fund a national awareness and outreach campaign to inform Canadians about their constitutional rights in education and the language options available for their children’s schooling.
Recommendation 2: That the Government of Canada recognize it is responsible for collecting complete data on rights-holders subject to section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and commit to obtaining a complete portrait of rights-holders by 2021.
Recommendation 3: That the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development ask Statistics Canada, as part of its preparation for the 2021 Census, to establish an advisory committee specifically mandated to examine the enumeration of rights-holders under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Recommendation 4: That the Government of Canada require Statistics Canada to include questions in the 2021 Census that would allow for the enumeration of all rights-holders under the broadest interpretation of paragraphs 23 (1) (a) and (b) and subsection 23 (2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Recommendation 5: That, as part of the next official languages action plan, the Government of Canada:
- mandate Statistics Canada to conduct a new post-censal survey on the vitality of official language minorities based on data from the 2021 Census; and
- provide Statistics Canada with the necessary funding to conduct this survey, analyze the data and distribute products derived from the survey.
Recommendation 6: That, as part of the new survey on the vitality of official language minorities, Statistics Canada establish an advisory committee that would include representatives from anglophone and francophone minority communities.
In this brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages for a study on the Full Implementation of the Official Languages Act in the Canadian Justice System, QCGN expressed support for a Supreme Court of Canada appointment process that is transparent, inclusive, and accountable to Canadians. The brief also states there must be a systemic capacity for justices to hear cases and render decisions in both official languages and that the language skills of judges must be sufficient to ensure the evolution of Canadian law.
This report presents the findings of the Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations that took place during Fall 2016. The report is a synthesis of feedback collected by Ipsos via the online portal, in-person events and social media discussion as well as mail and e-mail submissions received by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The department initiated this consultation process to review the current measurs taken to ensure that Canada’s culture remains strong and competitive within the global landscape.
Following the series of consultations made by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Committee’s objective was to identify Canadians’ priorities with regard to official languages and, more specifically, those of official language minority communities (OLMCs), in order to make recommendations for the development of the new action plan.
The objectives of this project are to research access to justice issues experienced by English-speaking Quebecers from their perspective, to establish metrics for measuring access to justice that fit the needs of community members, and to make recommendations to mitigate or overcome gaps and challenges for the English-speaking community of Quebec.
Opening remarks from the QCGN appearance at the LANG committee in Ottawa on November 1, 2016.
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