Canada passed a new law emphasizing the significance of the French language in the country by focusing on Francophone immigration and minorities outside Quebec.
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Bill C-13 adds immigration to the Official Languages Act (OLA) for the first time. The OLA is the federal statute because of which French and English became the official languages of Canada. The new law amends the Official Languages Act to conclude that French is in danger and must be protected as an official language of Canada.
The law has three parts;
– The first part amends the Official Languages Act
– The second part manages the regulation of the use of French in private businesses regulated federally.
– The third part highlights the legal applications of the legislation.
The law offers people employed in federally regulated private businesses in French minority communities outside Quebec the ability to work and be served in French. It also applies to people working in federally regulated private businesses in Quebec. What’s interesting to note here is that the law states that all appointed judges of the Supreme Court of Canada must be bilingual. This is aimed at improving access to justice for everyone.
The Liberal government hopes the new law boosts Francophone immigration, education, childcare, and health care services in French in Canada, a country facing a shortage of bilingual workers.
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