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The OL Connection: October 2020

2018-2019 Annual Report on Official Languages

As the year 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act (the Act), we are pleased to provide you with a link to the 2018-2019 Annual Report on Official Languages, tabled in Parliament on October 9, 2020.

The report provides an account of the governance and implementation of the official languages programs in all federal institutions; it addresses Part IV (Communications with and Service to the Public), Part V (Language of Work) and Part VI (Participation of English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians) of the Act.

As Official Languages Champions and Persons Responsible for Official Languages, you play a key role in ensuring that official languages are at the very heart of how your institution serves and communicates with Canadians across the country and abroad. It is important for institutions subject to the Act to integrate official languages into how decisions are made and actions taken, especially in situations like the current pandemic.

We trust you will find the information in this report useful for managing the official languages program within your institutions. The launch of this report provides an opportunity to engage your deputy head and management group in reviewing your institution’s official languages performance.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at, should you require additional information on the Annual Report.

Consultation Corner

Did you know that the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations specifies two scenarios that oblige federal institutions to consult with official language minority communities? <
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.
Click here to learn more about the circumstances that require an institution to consult.
Have something to share? Please take a few moments to complete our survey and tell us about your experience!
We look forward to discussing this initiative with you at the August 26, 2020, virtual meeting on official languages.

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The OL Connection – Past Editions

August 2020
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September 10 is Linguistic Duality Day!
Consultation: Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations

July 2020
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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
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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