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

Act current to 2019-11-19 and last amended on 2017-09-21. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Government policy

  •  (1) The Government of Canada is committed to

    • (a) enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting and assisting their development; and

    • (b) fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

  • Marginal note:Duty of federal institutions

    (2) Every federal institution has the duty to ensure that positive measures are taken for the implementation of the commitments under subsection (1). For greater certainty, this implementation shall be carried out while respecting the jurisdiction and powers of the provinces.

  • Marginal note:Regulations

    (3) The Governor in Council may make regulations in respect of federal institutions, other than the Senate, House of Commons, Library of Parliament, office of the Senate Ethics Officer, office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Parliamentary Protective Service or office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, prescribing the manner in which any duties of those institutions under this Part are to be carried out.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp.), s. 41
  • 2005, c. 41, s. 1
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 23
  • 2015, c. 36, s. 147
  • 2017, c. 20, s. 182
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