Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter No. 4
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Those who work in the field of official languages at the federal level are very familiar with certain expressions: “enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting and assisting their development”; “fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society”; and “ensur[ing] that positive measures are taken” – these all come from Section 41, in Part VII of the Official Languages Act. However, while everyone agrees that implementing Section 41 is essential and not optional, how is this actually to be achieved in the field?

This fourth issue of the Justice in Official Languages Newsletter discusses the main means by which the Department of Justice Canada is implementing Section 41 and carrying out the commitment it contains. These means are part of the Department’s 2011-2016 Action Plan for the Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the application of which comes under the responsibility of the Justice in Official Languages (JOL) Team.

This issue describes the Action Plan’s key directions, the departmental policy statement, examples of positive measures, and the coordination structure for the implementation of Section 41. It also introduces the regional coordinators who are responsible for coordinating its implementation across Canada.

And, as usual, this issue of the Newsletter also highlights a few projects and events.

Happy reading!

The JOL Team

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