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<b><u>Save the date! 2021 Best Practices Forum in Official Languages</u></b><br>  
<b><u>September 10 is Linguistic Duality Day!</u> #JDL2020LDD</b><br>  
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<b><u>Armchair discussion</b></u><br>
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The Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat are pleased to invite you to the Best Practices Forum on Official Languages, which will take place on <b>March 3, 2021.</b><br>
To celebrate Linguistic Duality Day, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions and the Canada School of Public Service are hosting a virtual talk: Official Languages in the Era of Telework. During this webcast, we will explore the challenges that this shift raises in terms of linguistic duality and discuss the opportunities it offers institutions to support English and French. <br>
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Register now on the Canada School of Public Service [https://www.csps-efpc.gc.ca/events/offic-lang-telework/index-eng.aspx website] or at {{em|csps.learningevents-evenementsdapprentissage. efpc@canada.ca}}. <br>
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The Forum will be open to all Public Service employees and this year’s theme will be diversity and inclusion.<br>
<b><u>Promotional material</b></u><br>
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The Council of the Network of Official Language Champions collaborated with the Language Portal of Canada to develop bold visuals (like the header above!) that you can use in your organization’s communications and events to celebrate Linguistic Duality Day. You can find the material in this [[Media: Visual-Visuel.zip | folder.]] <br>
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On the agenda are two virtual talks organized in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service:<br>
<b><u>Activities to celebrate Linguistic Duality Day</b></u><br>
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Short on ideas for celebrating Linguistic Duality Day in your institution? Why not try some of the ideas below? <br>
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*<b>10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.</b>: A discussion on the tools developed to create a linguistically safe and inclusive workplace.
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*<b>1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.</b>: A discussion on leadership in the promotion of English and French.
<li>Recruit speakers and organize a videoconference on official languages</li>
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<li>Organize a second-language dictation contest (your Deputy Minister could read the text to write down!)</li>
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In parallel, various online activities will be organized throughout the week, including the presentation of various kiosks and videos presenting best practices. More details to follow in early 2021.<br>
<li>Interview your institution’s employees as part of a vox pop on linguistic duality</li>
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<li>Ask your champion to write a message or blog post; or invite him/her to participate in a virtual interview</li>
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We invite you to contribute to this event in your own way:<br>
<li>Give an award to employees who have distinguished themselves in the promotion or use of English or French</li>
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*Have you developed an innovative initiative that could be showcased?
<li>Develop a quiz on the history of your institution or publicize the one the Commissioner of Official Languages will release in September</li>
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*Did you produce a video on the theme of official languages that could be featured?
<li>Include games from the [https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/jeu-quiz/index-eng Language Portal of Canada] in your institution’s celebration program</li>
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*Would you like to reserve a virtual kiosk to present your best practices that could be useful to other organizations?
<li>Promote the virtual talk Official Languages in the Era of Telework</li>
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If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please fill out <b>[[Media: 2021Forum-Form.docx | this form]]</b> and email it to {{em|OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca}} before January 11, 2021. Your material could be selected and showcased during the Forum. Of course, you are welcome to take full advantage of this learning activity without presenting an initiative or reserving a kiosk.<br>
 
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<b><u>How is your organization celebrating?</b></u><br>
 
Let us know in the discussion thread on the Community of Official Languages [https://gccollab.ca/splash/ GCcollab] page and on Twitter using the tag #JDL2020LDD! <br>
 
 
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<b><u>Consultation Corner</b></u><br>
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<b><u>Preparation for the consultation on the Directive on the implementation of Official Languages Regulations</b></u><br>
<b><i>Did you know that the [https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-92-48/index.html Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations] specifies two scenarios that oblige federal institutions to consult with official language minority communities? </b></i>< <br>
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Following-up on our request for testimonials sent on August 4, the Official Languages Centre of Excellence is looking for feedback from federal institutions that have consulted with language minority communities in the last 10 years. This information-gathering initiative will help the Regulations team to develop tools that will make it easier and more efficient for you to conduct such consultations in the future. <br>
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During the advisory committee meetings on October 28, we provided some basic training on the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations (the Regulations) and on the Regulations Re-Application Exercise (OLRRE).<br>
[https://wiki.gccollab.ca/Community_of_Official_Languages/Consultation_Corner Click here] to learn more about the circumstances that require an institution to consult. <br>
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Have something to share? [https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YZ9NVGM Please take a few moments to complete our survey and tell us about your experience!]
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As part of that training, we informed you about the need to review the <i>Directive on the Implementation of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations</i> (the Directive) and the fact that we would like to consult you about this.<br>
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This consultation will take place at one of the meetings of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Official Languages (DACOL) and the Crown Corporations Advisory Committee on Official Languages (CCACOL) this winter.<br>
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In preparation for the discussion, you may wish to consult <b>[https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=26163 the Directive]</b> and <b>[[Media:Summary table – discussion topics and questions.pdf | this document on the discussion topics and questions]]</b>, which will help familiarize yourself with the items that we will be consulting you on (e.g. how the provision on schools will be applied, how rules regarding consultations with communities served by multiple offices providing the same services should unfold, what improvements may be made to Burolis etc.).<br>
 
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We look forward to discussing this initiative with you at the August 26, 2020, virtual meeting on official languages. <br>
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<b>[[Media:The Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations and the Official Languages Regulations Re-Application Exercise.pdf | Found here]]</b> for your reference is a copy of the presentation that went with the training on the Regulations and the OLRRE.<br>
<b><i>[[Media:Newsletter_-_August_2020_--_Infolettre_-_aout_2020.pdf|View this publication in PDF.]]</b></i><br>  
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If you were not at the basic training on the Regulations and the OLRRE on October 28, 2020, but are interested in this presentation, contact us at {{em|OL-Regulations-Reglement-LO@tbs-sct.gc.ca}}. We will be arranging a second virtual training session for those who would like to receive it.<br>
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<b><u>Official Languages MS Teams Backgrounds </b></u><br>
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Would you like to use an official languages-themed background during your next virtual meeting?<br>
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We have exactly what you need!<br>
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We are pleased to offer you a selection of backgrounds, which you can download and use for your meetings on Teams. These backgrounds were created by the Creative Services team in collaboration with the Human Resources and Official Languages Branch of TBS. They were designed as part of the celebrations surrounding Linguistic Duality Day to promote bilingual virtual meetings.<br>
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If you want to change what appears behind you during a virtual meeting, Teams offers a predetermined selection of backgrounds that you can upload. However, you can also upload a background of your choice.<br>
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<b>[[Media: Generic_OL_Backgrounds_-_Arrière-plans_générique_LO.zip  | Click here]]</b> to access the generic backgrounds that you can use during your MS Teams meetings to promote the use of both official languages, as well as the instructions on how to upload and use the backgrounds in MS Teams.<br>
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The files are also available on the Community of Official Languages GCcollab page under the “files” tab.<br>
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<b><u>Bilingual Meeting Invitation Template for MS Teams</b></u><br>
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The Official Languages Centre of Excellence consulted with TBS’ internal IT services team to find a solution to an issue that has been identified in many federal departments: unilingual automatically generated meeting coordinates from MS Teams. Meeting invitations in MS Teams are generated in the language of the user’s interface: either English or French.<br>
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As a best practice, and depending on your department’s region and status, often as an obligation, meeting invitations should be sent in both official languages, simultaneously.<br>
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You can create a bilingual MS Teams meeting invitation with this template!<br>
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<b>[[Media: MS_Teams_Bilingual_Meeting_-Template_Modèle_-_MS_Teams_invitation_bilingue.pdf | Download the template and instructions here]]</b>.<br>
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The OLCE would like to thank Marc-Antoine Cotnoir-Roy for this helpful and creative solution that we encourage you to save and share with your colleagues.<br>
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Please e-mail us at {{em|OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca}} if you have any questions about this template.<br>
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<b><u>Bootcamp on Official Languages 2021 Calendar</b></u><br>
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The Community Development and Engagement Team will soon be informing you of 2021 Bootcamp dates.<br>
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We would like to thank the over 80 representatives from federal departments, Crown Corporations and separate agencies who participated in the Bootcamp and provided constructive feedback to improve the form and content of the training. Our teacher, Diane Desaulniers, is looking forward to meeting many more of you in the New Year!<br>
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Please be advised that the Bootcamp on Official Languages is open to only one employee per federal institution. Multiple registrations from the same organization will be referred to the PROL.<br>
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<b>Bootcamp for Official Languages Champions</b><br>
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A special session will be offered to Official Languages Champions in Winter 2021. More information will be communicated to the champions in January.<br>
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Do you have questions about the Bootcamp? Please e-mail us at {{em|OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca}}.<br>
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<b><u>Season's Greetings: Message from Carsten Quell, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence</b></u><br>
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As 2020 draws to a close, it offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and review the past year, to show gratitude for our colleagues, friends and family, to celebrate, and to renew our focus for the year ahead.<br>
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What a unique year! 2020 presented challenges to all our organizations with challenges when the country found itself in a state of crisis in early March. For many of us, the pandemic prompted us to realign our priorities, to change the way we work and learn to work separately, together.<br>
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Nine months later, after going through some growing pains and adjusting our processes and priorities, I feel nothing but pride for my Official Languages Centre of Excellence colleagues. Their determination, resilience, flexibility and innovative ideas and dedication to their work became even more evident when faced with this crisis.<br>
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You, the members of our valued official languages community, have shown patience and understanding as we adapted to the new world of telework and faced new official languages challenges. Together, we found ways to meet the challenges we faced.<br>
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As we look to the future, exciting projects and opportunities lie ahead. Whether it is the modernization of the Act, the implementation of the new Regulations or countering linguistic insecurity, these are all great opportunities for us to continue building the linguistic duality we are committed to.<br>
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This holiday season, I hope that you will take the time to celebrate safely, and that you find yourself in 2021 recharged and ready to continue to be official languages leaders in your teams and organizations.<br>
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Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! See you in 2021!<br>
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<i>Carsten Quell</i><br>
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<b><u>Winter Word Play</b></u><br>
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Are you looking for a fun and bilingual activity to do during your next virtual celebration? Check out the Chilly Expressions quiz on the Language Portal of Canada and test your colleagues’ knowledge of 8 wintery sayings!<br>
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[[https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/quiz/jeu-quiz-expression-hiver1-eng| Play Chilly Expressions]]<br>
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<b><i>[[Media:The_OL_Connection_-_December_2020_-_La_connexion_LO_-_Décembre_2020.pdf|View this publication in PDF.]]</b></i><br>  
 
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<b><u>October 2020</b></u><br>
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<b><i>[[Media:October 2020 - octobre 2020.pdf|View this publication in PDF.]]</b></i><br>
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<b>Headlines</b><br>
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2018-2019 Annual Report on Official Languages<br>
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Bilingual Meetings<br>
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Bootcamp on Official Languages<br>
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<b><u>August 2020</b></u><br>
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<b><i>[[Media: August 2020-aout 2020 - The OL Connection-La connexion LO.pdf|View this publication in PDF.]]</b></i><br>
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<b>Headlines</b><br>
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September 10 is Linguistic Duality Day!<br>
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Consultation: Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations<br>
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<b><u>July 2020</b></u><br>
 
<b><u>July 2020</b></u><br>

Latest revision as of 14:23, 5 January 2021

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The OL Connection: December 2020


Save the date! 2021 Best Practices Forum in Official Languages

The Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat are pleased to invite you to the Best Practices Forum on Official Languages, which will take place on March 3, 2021.

The Forum will be open to all Public Service employees and this year’s theme will be diversity and inclusion.

On the agenda are two virtual talks organized in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: A discussion on the tools developed to create a linguistically safe and inclusive workplace.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: A discussion on leadership in the promotion of English and French.


In parallel, various online activities will be organized throughout the week, including the presentation of various kiosks and videos presenting best practices. More details to follow in early 2021.

We invite you to contribute to this event in your own way:

  • Have you developed an innovative initiative that could be showcased?
  • Did you produce a video on the theme of official languages that could be featured?
  • Would you like to reserve a virtual kiosk to present your best practices that could be useful to other organizations?


If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please fill out this form and email it to OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca before January 11, 2021. Your material could be selected and showcased during the Forum. Of course, you are welcome to take full advantage of this learning activity without presenting an initiative or reserving a kiosk.


Preparation for the consultation on the Directive on the implementation of Official Languages Regulations

During the advisory committee meetings on October 28, we provided some basic training on the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations (the Regulations) and on the Regulations Re-Application Exercise (OLRRE).

As part of that training, we informed you about the need to review the Directive on the Implementation of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations (the Directive) and the fact that we would like to consult you about this.

This consultation will take place at one of the meetings of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Official Languages (DACOL) and the Crown Corporations Advisory Committee on Official Languages (CCACOL) this winter.

In preparation for the discussion, you may wish to consult the Directive and this document on the discussion topics and questions, which will help familiarize yourself with the items that we will be consulting you on (e.g. how the provision on schools will be applied, how rules regarding consultations with communities served by multiple offices providing the same services should unfold, what improvements may be made to Burolis etc.).

Found here for your reference is a copy of the presentation that went with the training on the Regulations and the OLRRE.

If you were not at the basic training on the Regulations and the OLRRE on October 28, 2020, but are interested in this presentation, contact us at OL-Regulations-Reglement-LO@tbs-sct.gc.ca. We will be arranging a second virtual training session for those who would like to receive it.



Official Languages MS Teams Backgrounds

Would you like to use an official languages-themed background during your next virtual meeting?

We have exactly what you need!

We are pleased to offer you a selection of backgrounds, which you can download and use for your meetings on Teams. These backgrounds were created by the Creative Services team in collaboration with the Human Resources and Official Languages Branch of TBS. They were designed as part of the celebrations surrounding Linguistic Duality Day to promote bilingual virtual meetings.

If you want to change what appears behind you during a virtual meeting, Teams offers a predetermined selection of backgrounds that you can upload. However, you can also upload a background of your choice.

Click here to access the generic backgrounds that you can use during your MS Teams meetings to promote the use of both official languages, as well as the instructions on how to upload and use the backgrounds in MS Teams.

The files are also available on the Community of Official Languages GCcollab page under the “files” tab.



Bilingual Meeting Invitation Template for MS Teams

The Official Languages Centre of Excellence consulted with TBS’ internal IT services team to find a solution to an issue that has been identified in many federal departments: unilingual automatically generated meeting coordinates from MS Teams. Meeting invitations in MS Teams are generated in the language of the user’s interface: either English or French.

As a best practice, and depending on your department’s region and status, often as an obligation, meeting invitations should be sent in both official languages, simultaneously.

You can create a bilingual MS Teams meeting invitation with this template!

Download the template and instructions here.

The OLCE would like to thank Marc-Antoine Cotnoir-Roy for this helpful and creative solution that we encourage you to save and share with your colleagues.

Please e-mail us at OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca if you have any questions about this template.



Bootcamp on Official Languages 2021 Calendar

The Community Development and Engagement Team will soon be informing you of 2021 Bootcamp dates.

We would like to thank the over 80 representatives from federal departments, Crown Corporations and separate agencies who participated in the Bootcamp and provided constructive feedback to improve the form and content of the training. Our teacher, Diane Desaulniers, is looking forward to meeting many more of you in the New Year!

Please be advised that the Bootcamp on Official Languages is open to only one employee per federal institution. Multiple registrations from the same organization will be referred to the PROL.

Bootcamp for Official Languages Champions

A special session will be offered to Official Languages Champions in Winter 2021. More information will be communicated to the champions in January.

Do you have questions about the Bootcamp? Please e-mail us at OLCEInformationCELO@tbs-sct.gc.ca.



Season's Greetings: Message from Carsten Quell, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence

As 2020 draws to a close, it offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on and review the past year, to show gratitude for our colleagues, friends and family, to celebrate, and to renew our focus for the year ahead.

What a unique year! 2020 presented challenges to all our organizations with challenges when the country found itself in a state of crisis in early March. For many of us, the pandemic prompted us to realign our priorities, to change the way we work and learn to work separately, together.

Nine months later, after going through some growing pains and adjusting our processes and priorities, I feel nothing but pride for my Official Languages Centre of Excellence colleagues. Their determination, resilience, flexibility and innovative ideas and dedication to their work became even more evident when faced with this crisis.

You, the members of our valued official languages community, have shown patience and understanding as we adapted to the new world of telework and faced new official languages challenges. Together, we found ways to meet the challenges we faced.

As we look to the future, exciting projects and opportunities lie ahead. Whether it is the modernization of the Act, the implementation of the new Regulations or countering linguistic insecurity, these are all great opportunities for us to continue building the linguistic duality we are committed to.

This holiday season, I hope that you will take the time to celebrate safely, and that you find yourself in 2021 recharged and ready to continue to be official languages leaders in your teams and organizations.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! See you in 2021!

Carsten Quell



Winter Word Play

Are you looking for a fun and bilingual activity to do during your next virtual celebration? Check out the Chilly Expressions quiz on the Language Portal of Canada and test your colleagues’ knowledge of 8 wintery sayings!

[Play Chilly Expressions]


View this publication in PDF.





The OL Connection – Past Editions


October 2020
View this publication in PDF.
Headlines
2018-2019 Annual Report on Official Languages
Bilingual Meetings
Bootcamp on Official Languages


August 2020
View this publication in PDF.
Headlines
September 10 is Linguistic Duality Day!
Consultation: Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations


July 2020
View this publication in PDF.
Headlines
Toolbox for the Official Languages Maturity Model (OLMM) exercise: do you have tools and best practices to share?
Guide on official languages and telework
Assessment of official languages in the appointment process
Contacting the Official Languages Centre of Excellence


May 2020
View this publication in PDF.
Headlines
Guide to Non-Imperative Staffing
Expansion of Public Service Commission measures
Best Practices on the promotion of English and French
A new COVID-19 Pandemic Lexicon