2010 – 2017

All events for 2010 – 2017
Parliament Building

Stephen Harper’s federal government eliminates the mandatory long-form census questionnaire

It will now be more difficult to obtain specific data on official language minority communities.

The Federal Court determines whether patents and patent applications must be bilingual

The Federal Court ruled that the unilingual publication of patent information by the Commissioner of Patents constitutes a violation of Part VII of the Official Languages Act and ordered that patent abstracts be made available in both official languages.

New Brunswick courts acquit an accused because of language rights violations by a peace officer

The New Brunswick Court of Appeal confirmed an acquittal by a lower court based on a peace officer’s failure to make an active offer of service in both official languages to the accused.
Ontario plate bears a French slogan

Ontario introduces French licence plates

Ontarians can now order a plate with the French version of the Yours to discover provincial slogan—Tant à découvrir—or even the Franco-Ontarian flag.
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg (Manitoba) in 2005

The Université de Saint-Boniface Act is adopted

Manitoba’s Université de Saint-Boniface gets new powers and privileges.
People seated around a table engaged in conversation

The États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa is held in Ottawa

On June 17, 2011, the États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa was officially launched at Ottawa City Hall during the Festival franco-ontarien.
Ontario Legislative Assembly

The Ontario government adopts a regulation to clarify the obligations of the French Language Services Act

It is called Ontario Regulation 284/11: Provision of French Language Services on Behalf of Government Agencies.
Acadian deportation site in Nova Scotia

Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This designation formally recognizes the Acadian people for their contribution to world heritage.
Government of Manitoba's logo

Manitoba adopts The Bilingual Service Centres Act

The French Language Services Policy is not backed with legislative guarantees.
Francosaskoise Community Flag

Saskatchewan declares 2012 as the Year of the Fransaskois

This celebration commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise.
Alignment flags of the Francophonie

The first French Language World Forum is held in Québec City

Its objective is to give Francophones from all five continents the opportunity to discuss French-language issues in a non-institutional setting.

A new group called Seniors Action Quebec is founded

It motto is “A seniors network… for seniors… by seniors.”
Katherine d’Entremont

Katherine d’Entremont is appointed as second Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

As an independent agent of the Legislative Assembly, her role is to investigate, report on and make recommendations with regard to compliance with New Brunswick’s Official Languages Act.

Prince Edward Island revises its French Language Services Act

The French Language Services Act is revised after extensive consultations within the provincial government and the community.

The Quebec Court of Appeal rules on multiple language rights violations during criminal proceedings

The Quebec Court of Appeal found that there had been numerous language rights violations during joint criminal proceedings and ordered new trials.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada is called upon to determine whether British Columbia Supreme Court judges have the discretion to allow documents written solely in French to be admitted into evidence in civil court proceedings

The Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, the Fédération des parents francophones de la Colombie-Britannique and a group of parents initiated proceedings pursuant to section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms for permission to introduce into evidence documents written solely in French.
World Trade Centre's logo

The World Trade Centre Winnipeg opens in Manitoba

The organization is a member of the World Trade Centers Association, a major international trade network representing 300 World Trade Centres in nearly 100 countries.

French-speaking community mobilizes to help save CBEF Windsor radio station

In 2009, when CBC/Radio-Canada announced budget cuts affecting local programming at CBEF Windsor, a French-language radio station in southern Ontario, the Francophone community created SOS CBEF to speak out against the cuts and their potential impact on the community.
Canadian Parents for French logo

Canadian Parents for French returns to Quebec

Canadian Parents for French launches a community outreach project in Quebec.
Nous sommes tous Acadiens-We are all Acadians

For the first time, the World Acadian Congress is held in two countries

Canada and the United States play host to the 5th quinquennial World Acadian Congress.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors

Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Museum is the realization of a dream of the late Israel “Izzy” Asper following a long 14-year journey.
Logo of Société franco-manitobaine

The États généraux de la francophonie manitobaine are held in Manitoba

The event is organized by the Société franco-manitobaine.
Logo of the Conseil culturel fransaskois

The Fête Fransaskoise festival returns

After a 10-year hiatus due to a lack of funding, the Fête is revived by the Conseil culturel fransaskois.

The Supreme Court of Canada rules that damages may not be awarded if language rights are violated during international air travel

The Supreme Court of Canada held that the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air (known as the Montréal Convention) precludes awarding damages under section 77 of the Official Languages Act for violations of language rights that occurred during international travel by air.

Federal government announces the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City will remain open

In 2011, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the closure of the Marine Rescue Sub-Centre in Québec City, triggering strong reactions from people worried about losing the public’s right to be served in French.
The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag

Newfoundland and Labrador adopts its French Languages Services Policy

The Policy aims to ensure a more consistent and coordinated approach to service delivery in French throughout the provincial government.
Logo of the celebrations for 400 years of French presence in Ontario

Ontario celebrates 400 years of French presence

The community celebrations of 400 years of French presence in Ontario are a living testament to the contribution of Franco-Ontarians from 1615 to 2015.
Halifax City Hall

The City of Halifax apologizes to Nova Scotia’s Acadians and Francophones

The Nova Scotian capital acknowledged the harm it had caused regarding school taxes collected from Acadians and Francophones that were used to fund only English-language schools.

The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories rules on the scope of the government’s discretion regarding admission to French-language schools

The Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories allowed the appeal and overturned the decision of the trial judge with regard to both the constitutionality of a ministerial directive affecting admission to French-language schools and the analysis of whether the numbers warranted expansion of École Boréale.

The Federal Court examines the reasonableness of the measures taken by the Canada Revenue Agency in relation to language of work

The Federal Court determined that the right of members of the public to communicate with and receive services from the Canada Revenue Agency in their preferred official language takes precedence over the constitutional language-of-work rights of employees of that institution—in this case, Luc Tailleur.

The Supreme Court of Canada rules on issues of bias and the role of the Yukon Francophone School Board in admissions

The Supreme Court of Canada first looked into the apprehension of bias on the part of the trial judge and found problems with the trial judge’s conduct. The Court then determined the Yukon Francophone School Board’s role in setting admission criteria.

The Supreme Court of Canada upholds the validity of Alberta’s unilingual statutes

The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the constitutionality of the Languages Act of 2000, which provides that Alberta laws may be enacted in English only.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada determines how to establish equivalence between minority and majority language schools

The Supreme Court of Canada found that the minority language education offered at the Rose-des-Vents elementary school was not equivalent to the education offered in the majority language as is required under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Logo de la La Cité - Université francophone de Régina, Saskatchewan
September 1, 2015

La Cité universitaire francophone opens in Regina, Saskatchewan

La Cité is the result of a merger between the University of Regina’s Institut français and its Department of French.
Logo of Infojustice Manitoba

The first French-language legal information centre opens in Manitoba

Infojustice Manitoba is established by the Société franco-manitobaine.
February 22, 2016

More than 100 years after the passing of Regulation 17, the Government of Ontario apologizes to Franco-Ontarians

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne apologizes formally for this legislation.
Portrait of Ghislaine Saikaley
December 19, 2016

Ghislaine Saikaley appointed Interim Commissioner of Official Languages by the Governor in Council

Ms. Saikaley is an experienced government executive who was previously Assistant Commissioner of the Compliance Assurance Branch at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.
Guests gathering around the franco-manitobain flag at the policy announcement.

The Government of Alberta adopts its French Policy

After years of lobbying by the Franco-Albertan community, the provincial government establishes a policy that recognizes Alberta’s French-speaking population.

Notre Place becomes the official anthem of Franco-Ontarians

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed the motion made by Glengarry–Prescott–Russell MPP Grant Crack to recognize the song Notre Place as the official anthem of Francophones in Ontario.