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 creation of six French Language Health Planning Entities;
- The adoption of a new mandatory Directive on Communications in French, that require all ministries and government agencies to consider and incorporate the needs of the Francophone community in the development of any marketing and other communications strategies;
- The adoption of the Franco-Ontarian Day Act proclaiming September 25 of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day;
- The availability of French vanity plates with the "Tant à découvrir" slogan since March 2011;
- The development of a computer-based training course for government staff about the active offer of French-language services to ensure they are readily available and easily accessible.
- 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 French Language Services Commissioner's annual report and will be giving its recommendations careful attention. As with his previous reports, the government will respond by continuing to seek improvements and implement ongoing changes to enhance the overall delivery of French-language services.”