Brief – Expert Panel on Language of Work and Service in Federally Regulated Private Businesses

By The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C. President, and Kevin Shaar, Vice-President

Canada has two official languages and two official language minorities.

In its recent paper on official languages, English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official
Languages in Canada
, the Government of Canada makes a legislative proposal to increase the use of
French in federally regulated private enterprises. The paper outlines specific proposals to provide rights
to work and rights to services in French – but not in English – in federally regulated private businesses in
Quebec and in regions with a strong Francophone presence.

The Government of Canada’s proposal to grant language rights to one language group and not the other
runs counter to the purpose of the
Official Languages Act and offends the government’s constitutional
obligation to ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada. It also poses
significant challenges for the substantive equality of the English-speaking minority in Quebec.

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QCGN Analysis – English and French: Towards the substantive equality of official languages in Canada

On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Government of Canada released its policy paper on reforming the
federal approach to Canada’s Official Languages. The government’s guiding paper builds on six themes:


1. The recognition of linguistic dynamics in the provinces and territories and existing rights
regarding Indigenous languages;
2. The willingness to provide opportunities for learning both official languages;
3. Support for the institutions of official language minority communities;
4. The protection and promotion of French throughout Canada, including in Quebec;
5. The Government of Canada as an example through strengthening of the compliance of federal
institutions; and,
6. An Act for the Canada of today and tomorrow: Mandatory review of the OLA and its
implementation.

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Français et anglais : vers une égalité réelle des langues officielles au Canada

Plus que jamais, le temps est venu de faire le point sur la situation linguistique au Canada, de prendre acte de l’évolution des langues officielles depuis plus de 50 ans et d’agir afin de relever les défis auxquels elles sont confrontées. Le temps est venu d’offrir une vision modernisée de notre dualité linguistique et de notre bilinguisme au pays afin d’assurer leur avenir.

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Vision, vitalité et viabilité : Rapport sur la tournée de consultation du Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise

Au mois de mars 2020, le Quebec Community Groups Network a préparé un rapport sur la consultation « d’établissement de liens » de l’automne 2019 du Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise organisé par la Coalition Avenir Québec.

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Mémoire du Quebec Community Groups Network CGN à la Commission de la culture et de l’éducation Consultations particulières sur le projet de loi 40 : Loi modifiant principalement la Loi sur l’instruction publique relativement à l’organisation et à la gouvernance scolaires

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) n’a pas été invité à comparaître devant la Commission dans le cadre de ses consultations particulières sur le projet de loi 40. Néanmoins, le QCGN soumet le présent mémoire à la Commission.

En plus d’offrir un enseignement d’excellente qualité aux élèves, les écoles publiques anglophones ont pour mission de préserver et de promouvoir la langue et la culture distinctes du Québec d’expression anglaise. Les écoles sont des institutions essentielles et centrales de la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec. Le gouvernement du Québec doit ainsi reconnaître et appuyer les droits linguistiques et culturels de cette communauté. La gestion et le contrôle de nos établissements d’enseignement ne peuvent être limités unilatéralement.

 

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Factum of the Intervener Quebec Community groups Network

Read QCGN’s legal factum on the Supreme Court of Canada case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia, at

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Poll: English-Speaking Quebecers: Views on Governance

What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest opinion surveys to date of Quebec English-speakers.

Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, 2019.

The poll sampled 1,936 Quebecers. This included 1,019 Quebecers with English as their first language, 773 Quebecers with French as their first language and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Poll – English-speaking Quebecers Views on School Boards

What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest surveys of opinion conducted to-date of Quebec English-speakers. 

Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between August 29 and September 4, 2019.

The poll sampled 1, 937 Quebecers which included 1019 English-speaking Quebecers, 773 French-speaking Quebecers and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 19 times out of 20.

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Priority Setting Steering Committee Phase II Recommendations to the Department of Canadian Heritage

Phase II report on the Priority setting Steering Committee Recommendations to the Department of Canadian Heritage written in November 2018.

 

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QCGN Social Media Guidelines

Social media has changed the way we communicate. Increasingly, our community learns about the Quebec Community Groups Network on Facebook and Twitter. It’s where our community and our critics leave their comments, applaud, and sometimes condemn our work. It’s an important, interactive communications tool that we must learn to harness and use strategically.

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