McGuinty Government Improving French-Language Services
TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ -
Ontario's new French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau,
released his first annual report today.
The report made three recommendations to help the government build on its
commitment to improving French-language services in Ontario.
The recommendations relate to:
- Ensuring the definition of Francophones in Ontario reflects the
diversity of this population
- Reviewing the role of the government's French-language services
coordinators to ensure they are able to assist in the implementation
of French-language services
- Examining how to improve the delivery of French-language services
provided by the government's transfer payment agencies.
The government is committed to working with the Commissioner to address
each of his recommendations.
"The Ontario Government thanks the Commissioner for his report which will
help in its mission to deliver first rate French-language services," said
Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
- The government appointed Boileau on August 1, 2007. He is the first
French Language Services Commissioner in the province's history.
- The main functions of the Commissioner include:
- Investigating the government's compliance with the French Language
Services Act and reporting on the results of his investigations
- Monitoring the progress of government agencies in providing
- Advising the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs on the
administration of the act.
- Twenty-five areas in Ontario are designated under the province's
French Language Services Act.
To read the first annual report of Ontario's French Language Services
Learn more about Ontario's Francophone community
Overview (http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/english/FLSA.html) and full text
of the French Language Services Act.
Disponible en français
For further information:
For further information: Julia Sakas, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5219;
Charles Jean Sucsan, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4968