Canadians have become accustomed to readings labels in English or French or listening to public announcements in two languages. For as long as we can remember, these two languages have been deemed the official languages of the nation. Now, the Canadian Government is planning to review the official language laws to help 'minority language communities'.
The Canadian Government has announced that it is launching a review of the Official Languages Act. One of the main laws that will be up for debate in this act is the law that gives Canadians rights to obtain federal services in both English and French.
The Offical Languages Act that is currently implemented throughout the nation can be seen as extremely outdated. The law that passed these two official languages was created in 1969 and the Act as a whole hasn't been updated since 1988, over 30 years ago.
The Canadian Government is now announcing that it is time to update the laws within this Act in order to help modernize it to fit the needs of all Canadians.
The Official Languages Minister, Melanie Joly released a statement to CBC on the reasonings to why the government wants to modernize the Official Languages Act. Joly states that this modernized act will help minority-language communities with the language barriers that they face.
Reviewing this Act will ensure that the nation remains a place where the Government is able to meet the needs of all Canadians, including the growing populations of minority-language communities.
Members of a Senate committee also want to ensure that that the act is applied more effectively and consistently to those who wish to use French as their primary language.
The latest Statistic Canada census shows that in 2016, the country's bilingualism rate stood at 17.9 percent due to the increase in the number of Canadians who can speak French.
The Liberal Government will continue to plan a series of meetings and online consultations that will eventually lead to a final report in June.
Source: CBC News