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2014

Language Commissioners Sign Historic Agreement with 2015 Pan Am Games

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada Graham Fraser, Ontario French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau and Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Organizing Committee CEO Saäd Rafi signed an agreement today to ensure that both Canada’s and Ontario’s linguistic...


Commissioners Fraser and Boileau call on governments to act so that Francophone communities benefit fully from immigration

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, and Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau, today issued a joint report highlighting the need for the federal and provincial governments to include a Francophone perspective in their immigration policies and...


Language commissioners urge governments to increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Graham Fraser, his New Brunswick counterpart Katherine d’Entremont and Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau are pressing the federal and provincial governments to step up their efforts to increase immigration in...


Target 2017: Graham Fraser calls for leadership to ensure equality of English and French in celebrations

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser is urging federal institutions to ensure that official languages are fully represented in the federal celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.


Federal Court confirms that CBC/Radio-Canada must comply with the Official Languages Act

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser is extremely satisfied with the decision handed down yesterday by the Federal Court of Canada in Commissioner of Official Languages and Amellal v. CBC/Radio-Canada.


Letter to the Editor - Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Columnist Kelly Egan’s comments on the federal approach to official languages calls for a response.


Letter to the Editor - National Post

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I read with interest your editorial concerning our investigation into a Twitter account used by the Foreign Affairs minister (“Investigating bilingualism on Twitter,” August 22).


Statement by the Commissioner of Official Languages on the World Acadian Congress 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gatherings like the World Acadian Congress show the importance of community solidarity. Everyone taking part in this major gathering is immediately struck by how beautiful and how strong Acadia is.


Commissioner of Official Languages urges the federal government and CBC to keep in mind its duties with regard to official language communities

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gatineau, July 17, 2014 – Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser today reminded the federal government and CBC/Radio-Canada that they both have responsibilities to official language communities as the public broadcaster’s operations evolve.


Commissioner of Official Languages launches guide to holding successful and inclusive bilingual events

Monday, June 30, 2014

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser today released a guide to help event organizers plan inclusive and bilingual celebrations.


Letter submitted to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on Bill C-520, an Act supporting non-partisan agents of Parliament

Thursday, May 08, 2014

I am writing to you today in the context of your deliberation on Bill C-520, An Act supporting non-partisan agents of Parliament. At the outset, I would like to say that I fully endorse the views expressed in the letter we jointly signed as agents of Parliament.


Language commissioners meet in Barcelona for the inaugural conference of the International Association of Language Commissioners

Friday, March 21, 2014

Language commissioners from around the world gathered on March 21, 2014, in Barcelona, Spain for the inaugural conference of the newly established International Association of Language Commissioners (IALC).


Letter to the Editor - Calgary Herald

Friday, January 17, 2014

I read with interest your editorial arguing that federal regulations concerning language obligations in airports should not be enforced (“Federal language police should give workers a break,” January 15).


Campaign to Inform Travellers of Language Rights in Canada’s Airports Takes Wing

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser today launched a web-based campaign to better inform visitors to Canada’s largest airports of their right to be served in the official language of their choice for key services. The 12-week information campaign includes banners that will appear on...


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