UNDERSTANDING, APPRECIATING AND CELEBRATING THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING QUEBEC
Canada’s Official Language Act sets out quasi-constitutional rights for English-speaking Quebecers, including the right to access federal services in English; the representation of English-speakers in the federal public service; and the right to work in English in the federal public service. The Act also supports the development of English and French linguistic minority communities and advances the equal status and use of English and French. Moreover, it provides the framework for much-needed financial support for our community’s institutions and networks in a variety of sectors including; education, immigration, justice, and health.
This year, as Canada celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Act, the Quebec Community Groups Network proposes to ensure that English-speaking Quebecers and the groups that serve them better understand and appreciate this piece of legislation that is critical to official language minority communities all across Canada.
We also aim to ensure that our community is better represented in the national conversation surrounding the future of the Official Languages Act that will have huge consequences on our Community of Communities and future generations of English-speaking Quebecers.