Official Languages Act

Version of section 3 from 2004-05-17 to 2007-07-08:

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) In this Act,


    « commissaire »

    “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada appointed under section 49;

    “Crown corporation”

    « sociétés d’État »

    “Crown corporation” means

    • (a) a corporation that is ultimately accountable, through a Minister, to Parliament for the conduct of its affairs, and

    • (b) a parent Crown corporation or a wholly-owned subsidiary, within the meaning of section 83 of the Financial Administration Act;


    « ministère »

    “department” means a department as defined in section 2 of the Financial Administration Act;

    “federal institution”

    « institutions fédérales »

    “federal institution” includes any of the following institutions of the Parliament or government of Canada:

    • (a) the Senate,

    • (b) the House of Commons,

    • (c) the Library of Parliament,

    • (c.1) the office of the Senate Ethics Officer and the office of the Ethics Commissioner,

    • (d) any federal court,

    • (e) any board, commission or council, or other body or office, established to perform a governmental function by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament or by or under the authority of the Governor in Council,

    • (f) a department of the Government of Canada,

    • (g) a Crown corporation established by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament, and

    • (h) any other body that is specified by an Act of Parliament to be an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada or to be subject to the direction of the Governor in Council or a minister of the Crown,

    but does not include

    • (i) any institution of the Council or government of the Northwest Territories or of the Legislative Assembly or government of Yukon or Nunavut, or

    • (j) any Indian band, band council or other body established to perform a governmental function in relation to an Indian band or other group of aboriginal people;

    “National Capital Region”

    « région de la capitale nationale »

    “National Capital Region” means the National Capital Region described in the schedule to the National Capital Act.

  • Marginal note:Definition of “federal court”

    (2) In this section and in Parts II and III, “federal court” means any court, tribunal or other body that carries out adjudicative functions and is established by or pursuant to an Act of Parliament.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 3;
  • 1993, c. 28, s. 78;
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 224;
  • 2004, c. 7, s. 26.