Ontario Receives Annual Report On French-Language Services
McGuinty Government Supporting Ontario's Francophone Community
A report that will help Ontario build on its commitment to improving French-language services was received today from the province's French Language Services Commissioner.
Commissioner François Boileau congratulated the government on actions that have helped improve the delivery of French-language services in the last year, including:
- The publication of the Profile of Ontario's Francophone Community in December 2009
- The adoption of a regulation allowing the creation of French-language healthcare planning entities
- Two new shelters for Francophone women in Toronto and Timmins
- The creation of the video FLS and You to raise awareness about the requirements of the French Language Services Act with Ontario Public Service employees.
- The Office of the French Language Services Commissioner was created in 2007. It has a mandate, under the French Language Services Act, to conduct independent investigations in response to complaints or on its own initiative; to prepare reports on its investigations; and to monitor the progress made by government agencies in the delivery of French-language services in Ontario.
“The government welcomes the commissioner's annual report and will be giving its six recommendations careful attention. The government will continue to seek improvements and implement changes to improve the overall delivery of French-language services. Strong Francophone communities are an important part of our Open Ontario plan to create opportunities and jobs.”