The federal government is planning to make it a requirement for certain Canadian companies to allow employees to work in French.
Pourquoi? The suggestion is one of 56 ideas put forward by the government as part of a plan to modernize the Official Languages Act for the modern age of digital media and communications.
Qui? Any company that is regulated by the federal government, has over 50 employees, and is located in Quebec or a predominantly French-speaking community, would have to offer French as a work language option.
- The feds are also considering requiring Supreme Court appointees be bilingual.
- Also under consideration are changes immigration policy to maintain the 4.4% francophone population outside of Quebec.
A group of experts will be assembled to review the recommendations, and provide a report to the House of Commons before a bill is tabled.