An opportunity to rethink federal support for official language communities
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019, our message is this. To the government: settle the funding, then lead the public conversation needed to come to a modern, comprehensive public policy statement for official languages.
In the last year, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has led cross-country consultations on the next multi-year action plan for Official Languages. It's time for a more fundamental review of how the Government of Canada supports official language minority communities.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright