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  Official Languages Act


In 1969, further to the recommendations contained in the Report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, the Parliament of Canada adopted the first Official Languages Act. The OLA recognized English and French as the official languages of all federal institutions in Canada.

A new Official Languages Act came into force in 1988. It sets out the three basic objectives of the Government of Canada:

  • ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada and ensure equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all federal institutions;

  • set out the powers, duties and functions of federal institutions with respect to the official languages of Canada;

  • support the development of English and French linguistic minority communities and generally advance the equality of status and use of the English and French languages within Canadian society.

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