(TORONTO) – Today Liberal MPP Nathalie Des Rosiers (Ottawa–Vanier) introduced a Private Member Bill that, if passed, would recognize the bilingual character of our National Capital by including Ottawa’s existing bilingualism by-law and language policy in the City of Ottawa Act.
“As our national capital, Ottawa is already an example of bilingualism. I want the Legislature to recognize this special character,” said Des Rosiers. “With the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada and Ontario underway, there is no better time to demonstrate our collective commitment to bilingualism,” said Des Rosiers.
The provincial government is committed to supporting Franco-Ontarian communities through the French Languages Service Act and Office of Francophone Affairs. There are 26 designated regions (including Ottawa) in Ontario, covering approximately 80% of the total Francophone population. In these regions, government services must be provided in French and English.
The City of Ottawa currently has a by-law recognizing the bilingual character of the City, and a policy with respect to French services to the population.
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