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The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada releases a variety of material to the media regarding its work, activities, publications and the Commissioner’s opinions. More detailed information about Canada’s official languages and how Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages is protecting the language rights of Canadians and promoting Canada’s official languages can be found in our sections on publications, tools and resources and statistics.

2016

Ghislaine Saikaley Appointed Interim Commissioner of Official Languages

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ghislaine Saikaley has been appointed as Commissioner of Official Languages in an interim capacity by the Governor in Council.


The Commissioner of Official Languages recommends that the government prioritize early childhood development in Francophone communities

Monday, October 03, 2016

A lack of resources, a shortage of early childhood educators and the fragmentation of services are only some of the shortcomings hindering early childhood development in Francophone minority communities, according to a report released today by Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser.


Commissioner to release his report on early childhood development in Francophone minority communities

Friday, September 30, 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser will release his report titled Early Childhood: Fostering the Vitality of Francophone Minority Communities on October 3.


Open doors but unequal service? Visitors to Parks Canada’s sites should receive service in English and French in 2017 and beyond

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Parks Canada needs to make swift improvements to its bilingual service delivery at parks and historic sites across Canada, according to Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser.


Strong Majority of Canadians Support the Objectives of the Official Languages Act

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Canadians remain committed to a vision of the country that includes two official languages, according to a recent Nielson survey commissioned by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages: 88 percent of respondents support the objectives of the Official Languages Act, and 82 percent feel...


Bilingualism and the Supreme Court

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caused a flurry of comments with the announcement that the vacant position on the Supreme Court will be filled following an evaluation by a panel that considers applications from eligible lawyers and judges.


Commissioner looks at why front-line government employees struggle to greet the public with “Hello! Bonjour!”

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser released a study that examined why staff in federal institutions still have problems greeting the public in both official languages (also known as active offer of service).


Commissioner Fraser calls on Parliament to improve Air Canada’s compliance in official languages

Monday, June 06, 2016

In a rare gesture—only the second time since the Official Languages Act was adopted in 1969—Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser tabled a special report to Parliament today.


Media Advisory - Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser to table special report to Parliament on Air Canada’s compliance with the Official Languages Act

Friday, June 03, 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser will release a special report to Parliament entitled Air Canada: On the road to increased compliance through an effective enforcement regime.


As Commissioner Fraser’s decade in office ends, important official languages issues remain unresolved

Thursday, May 19, 2016

In his 10th and final annual report, tabled in Parliament today, Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser has two clear recommendations for the Government of Canada: the way in which federal services are provided to official language minority communities must be better defined, and...


Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser to present his tenth and final annual report

Monday, May 16, 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser will release his 2015–2016 annual report on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 10:15 a.m. at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, in Ottawa.


Pearson's dream of bilingualism, 50 years later

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lester Pearson


Statement from the Commissioner of Official Languages following the death of Jean Lapierre

Thursday, March 31, 2016

I was very sad to learn the news of the death of Jean Lapierre and several members of his family.


Commissioner wants official languages to be taken into account during expenditure reviews

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser released his audit report today on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s official languages obligations during the 2011–2012 Strategic and Operating Review (SOR). He found that official language minority communities are not always taken into...


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