MODERNIZATION OF THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT
The Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes the opportunity to continue contributing to the conversations on modernizing Canada’s Official Languages Act. Our organization and other community leaders have been actively engaged in discussions to modernize the Act for a number of years, including Parliamentary Official Languages Committees studies, consultations with the Commissioner of Official Languages, and close coordination with Francophone communities outside Quebec.
- English-speaking Quebec is one of Canada’s two official language minority communities;
- The English-speaking community of Quebec is diverse, bilingual and resilient; and,
- The vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec does not threaten French in Quebec.
“The Official Languages Act is a lifeline for English-speaking Quebec”, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “It is the one of the laws protecting the linguistic interests of English-speaking Quebecers as a community. Having said that, after 50 years, the Act is somewhat antiquated and is in serious need of an update. We are particularly keen that English-speaking Quebec participates in the forums and towns halls announced by Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. We must make sure that our voices are heard.”