2011-2016 Action Plan for the Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act

7. COORDINATION

The Justice in Official Languages Team and the Departmental Network of Coordinators for the Implementation of Section 41 coordinate the efforts required to carry out the Action Plan.

7.1. Justice in Official Languages Team

In its coordination role, the Justice in Official Languages Team encourages and participates in the implementation of section 41 throughout the entire Department. The Team is also the departmental Centre of Expertise that collaborates with the various directorates and acts as a reference centre for the Department. In particular, it offers strategic advice and analysis.

The Justice in Official Languages Team acts as a lever to improve the implementation of section 41 in partnership with:

  • federal departments that are involved in justice in Canada, including the Correctional Service of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Public Safety Canada, etc.;
  • provincial, territorial, municipal and regional stakeholders, etc.;
  • training institutions, including universities, colleges, professional training centres, school boards, etc.;
  • non-governmental stakeholders, such as organizations defending the interests of marginalized groups, non-profit organizations involved in justice and/or official languages, etc.

All of these relationships lead to a better understanding of the dynamics in the areas of justice and official languages, and contribute to the development of policies and programs to address these dynamics.

7.2. Departmental Network of Coordinators for the Implementation of Section 41

The Departmental Network of Coordinators for the Implementation of Section 41, composed of designated Department employees in all regions of Canada and of employees working in targeted policies and programs, adds an important dimension to the departmental Centre of Expertise.

  • The coordinators for the implementation of section 41 establish and maintain relationships with Canada's Anglophone and Francophone minority organizations and with other federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders in the region.
  • The coordinators for the implementation of section 41, in program and policy teams, work with their colleagues, stakeholders and experts to improve their knowledge of Canada’s Anglophone and Francophone minorities and to contribute to the development of positive measures.

The Department formalized the role of coordinators for the implementation of section 41 and provided systemic recognition of this function (job description, percentage of time allocated to the role, formalizing the role, etc.). Senior management will continue to recognize the role of these coordinators by providing them with all the support they need for carrying out their responsibilities.

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