Official Languages Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.))

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

PART VIIIRESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF TREASURY BOARD IN RELATION TO THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF CANADA

Marginal note:Responsibilities of Treasury Board
  •  (1) The Treasury Board has responsibility for the general direction and coordination of the policies and programs of the Government of Canada relating to the implementation of Parts IV, V and VI in all federal institutions other than the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, office of the Senate Ethics Officer and office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.

  • Marginal note:Powers of Treasury Board

    (2) In carrying out its responsibilities under subsection (1), the Treasury Board may

    • (a) establish policies, or recommend policies to the Governor in Council, to give effect to Parts IV, V and VI;

    • (b) recommend regulations to the Governor in Council to give effect to Parts IV, V and VI;

    • (c) issue directives to give effect to Parts IV, V and VI;

    • (d) monitor and audit federal institutions in respect of which it has responsibility for their compliance with policies, directives and regulations of Treasury Board or the Governor in Council relating to the official languages of Canada;

    • (e) evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of policies and programs of federal institutions relating to the official languages of Canada;

    • (f) provide information to the public and to officers and employees of federal institutions relating to the policies and programs that give effect to Parts IV, V and VI; and

    • (g) delegate any of its powers under this section to the deputy heads or other administrative heads of other federal institutions.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 46;
  • 2004, c. 7, s. 29;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 24.
Marginal note:Audit reports to be made available to Commissioner

 The Chief Human Resources Officer appointed under subsection 6(2.1) of the Financial Administration Act shall provide the Commissioner with any audit reports that are prepared under paragraph 46(2)(d).

  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 47;
  • 2005, c. 15, s. 3;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1676.
Marginal note:Annual report to Parliament

 The President of the Treasury Board shall, within such time as is reasonably practicable after the termination of each financial year, submit an annual report to Parliament on the status of programs relating to the official languages of Canada in the various federal institutions in respect of which it has responsibility under section 46.

PART IXCOMMISSIONER OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

Office of the Commissioner

Marginal note:Appointment
  •  (1) The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Tenure

    (2) Subject to this section, the Commissioner holds office during good behaviour for a term of seven years, but may be removed for cause by the Governor in Council at any time on address of the Senate and House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Further terms

    (3) The Commissioner, on the expiration of a first or any subsequent term of office, is eligible to be re-appointed for a further term not exceeding seven years.

  • Marginal note:Interim appointment

    (4) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Commissioner or if that office is vacant, the Governor in Council may appoint any qualified person to hold that office in the interim for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding office, be paid the salary or other remuneration and expenses that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 49;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 111.