Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter
(No01 | Fall 2010)
What is JOL?
Yet another federal government acronym! So what does JOL mean? It stands for the Department of Justice Canada’s Justice in Official Languages Unit, which is comprised of a team of ten people.
What does the JOL Unit do?
The JOL Unit is part of the Office of La Francophonie, Justice in Official Languages and Legal Dualism of the Department of Justice Canada. The unit is responsible for two major initiatives: access to justice in official languages and the implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (OLA). Under this section of the OLA, the federal government is committed to taking positive measures to support the development and enhance the vitality of official language minority communities and to foster linguistic duality in Canada.
The work philosophy of the JOL Unit’s members
The work philosophy of the JOL Unit’s members is simple: to promote a spirit of cooperation and to avoid working in isolation. The team’s work is based on a realistic analysis of the situation across the country, which varies greatly from one region to the next. It is therefore important for the team to take stock of such diversity and let the understanding of regional realities guide their work. The JOL team is privileged to be able to count on several types of resources: its partners, a financial lever, and synergy between governmental and non-governmental actors.
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