Ontario Welcomes Annual Report on French-Language Services
Province Supporting Francophone Communities
Today, Ontario received a report from the French Language Services Commissioner that will help the province build on its commitment to improve access to French-language services.
Commissioner François Boileau congratulated Ontario on the province's recent progress to expand the delivery of high-quality French-language services in the past year, including:
- Implementing a pilot project on seamless access to justice in the French language
- Signing an agreement with Quebec that confirms a shared commitment to protecting and promoting francophone culture and heritage
- Committing to create an Ontario-specific group of experts to develop a strategic plan to increase francophone immigration to Ontario
- Funding a provincial summit on French-language services to support ending violence against women
- Improving access to adult education and training programs in French
- Commemorating the 400th anniversary of French presence in Ontario
Ontario also welcomes the Commissioner's suggestions for how French-language services can be further improved across the province.
Enhancing services for French-speaking Ontarians is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Office of the French Language Services Commissioner was created in 2007. Its mandate includes monitoring the progress made by government ministries and agencies in the delivery of French-language services in Ontario.
- Ontario's French Language Services Commissioner became an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2014.
“In the midst of the province’s commemorations of 400 years of French presence in Ontario, I am pleased that the steps we have taken to improve French language services are being recognized by the Commissioner. I am eager to review his eighth annual report, and thank the Commissioner for his dedication to the Franco-Ontarian community.”