Official Languages Act

Version of section 49 from 2002-12-31 to 2006-12-11:

Marginal note:Commissioner of Official Languages, and appointment
  •  (1) There shall be a Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada who shall be appointed by commission under the Great Seal after approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Tenure of office and removal

    (2) Subject to this section, the Commissioner holds office during good behaviour for a term of seven years, but may be removed 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:Absence or incapacity

    (4) In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Commissioner, or if the office of Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada is vacant, the Governor in Council, after consultation by the Prime Minister with the Speaker of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Commons, may appoint another qualified person to hold office during the absence or incapacity of the Commissioner or while the office is vacant for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding office, have all of the powers, duties and functions of the Commissioner under this Act and be paid such salary or other remuneration and expenses as may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

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