Entries by QCGN Communications

PRODUCING REGULATIONS FOR PART VII OF THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT: ENGLISH-SPEAKING QUEBEC’S STAKE IN THE PROCESS

Part VII of Canada’s Official Languages Act ‘breathes life’ into Section 16(3) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that permits Parliament “to advance the equality of status or use of English and French”. It outlines the Government of Canada’s commitments to this aim and lays out the duties of institutions subject to the […]

Bill 15 petition gathers 6,400 signatures in 16 days

Legislation is more about command and control than care and compassion. Montreal, December 4 – The Quebec Community Groups Network thanks the more than 6,400 Quebecers who signed a petition demanding the provincial government put the brakes on Bill 15 – a hefty and complex piece of legislation that will massively centralize our health and […]

Quebec Community Groups Network Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Official Language’s Study of Matters Relating to Minority-language Health Services

The Committee has been authorized to examine and report on minority-language health services, including matters related to the inclusion of language clauses in federal health transfer. Our brief augments the brief submitted by Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) on May 1st, 2023, and will focus on the inclusion of language clauses in federal […]

Legislative Update, Bill C-13 An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

The Government of Canada’s Bill C-13 continues to progress slowly through the legislative process in Ottawa. Introduced in March 2022, C-13 now sits with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages, which began its first of eight meetings for clause-by-clause consideration of the legislation on December 13th. Barring anything extraordinary, the Committee is […]

LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY AND USE OF ENGLISH AND FRENCH IN CANADA: 2021 CENSUS OF POPULATION

On Aug. 17, Statistics Canada is scheduled to release linguistic diversity and use of English and French in Canada data produced through the 2021 Census. This category of data release tends to generate intense media interest – especially in Quebec – and these Census results are being released at a particularly sensitive juncture, given that […]

Bill C-32 as seen by Quebec Anglophones

Bill C-32, which amends the Official Languages Act, has been welcomed by groups representing francophone communities outside Quebec. For Quebec Anglophones, the reception has been much more mixed, although most of their concerns are focused on the Quebec government’s Bill 96 (the reform of Bill 101). Francopresse spoke – in French – with Marlene Jennings, […]

Joly, Skeete address language “anxiety”

Federal minister of official languages Mélanie Joly and MNA Christopher Skeete, parliamentary assistant to Premier François Legault for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, are trying to reassure members of the English-speaking community concerned about recently tabled language legislation. Skeete and Joly spoke on June 22 during a conference organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) […]

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: A MIXED RECORD

Anglo-Quebecers also reject Bill C-32, but on completely different grounds than the Bloc Québécois. The asymmetrical approach of Bill C-32, which recognizes French as the more endangered of the country’s two official languages, is “a clear attack on the equality of Canada’s official languages,” according to the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) “Traditionally, the Official […]

Bill 96: English rights group decries draconian details

If the current draft of Bill 96 passes, language police can come into businesses without a warrant to search through phones, computers, and documents to ensure that communications are in French. This was a main point of discussion during English language advocacy organization Quebec Community Groups Network’s conference on draft Bill 96 on June 21. […]