Trudeau’s government is going to take the first step towards modernizing the rules governing the services government provides in English and French on Thursday.
The up to date process to bring the Official Language Regulations, which deal with communicating to the public, will be introduced on Thursday by Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.
The Official Languages Commissioner, Graham Fraser last May listed in his final report to provide government services in minority official languages as a priority.
He recommended that the Treasury Board do an evaluation of “the effectiveness and efficiency of its policies and directives” for implementing the rules governing communications and services to the public.
“A minority community can be thriving and growing, but if the majority grows faster, services are lost. This is simply unfair,” Fraser said at the time. “Bill S-209 provides a way of addressing the injustice, as would a revision of the Official Language Regulations.”
The Bill S-209 introduced by Senator Maria Chaput before retirement is currently at the second reading stage in the Senate.