Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages

Studies & Bills

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Government Response to the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, entitled Horizon 2018: Toward Stronger Support of French-language Learning in British Columbia, tabled in the Senate on May 31, 2017
(2017-11-09)
Examine and report on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act
(2017-04-06) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 4:34 PM
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Roukya Abdi Aden, Manager, National Coordination (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Sébastien Benedict, Manager, Government and Community Relations (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Lynn Brouillette, Director General (Consortium national de formation en santé)
  • Alain-Michel Sékula, Director (Société Santé en français)
  • Raymond Théberge, Co-Chair of CNFS, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moncton (Consortium national de formation en santé)
  • Michel Tremblay, Executive Director (Société Santé en français)
Monday, October 23, 2017 at 5:01 PM
  • Lise Bourgeois, Co-chair of the ACUFC and President of College La Cité (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne)
  • Lynn Brouillette, Acting Director General (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne)
  • Véronique Legault, President (Commission nationale des parents francophones)
  • Jean-Luc Racine, Executive Director (Commission nationale des parents francophones)
Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5:04 PM
  • Pierre Foucher, Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Ottawa)
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 1:11 PM
  • Jérémie Arsenault, Owner (Simple Feast Catering)
  • Mary-Jane Barter, President (Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador)
  • Stéphane Blanchard, Youth Development Officer, Prince Edward Island (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Jérémie Buote, Deputy Chair (Jeunesse Acadienne et Francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard)
  • Gaël Corbineau, Executive Director (Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador)
  • Alexis Couture, Past President (Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française)
  • Sue Duguay, President (Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick)
  • Victoria Gibbs (French for the Future)
  • Thomas Haslam (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Jacinthe Lemire, Director (La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’ÎPÉ)
  • Katie Toole (French for the Future)
Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:17 AM
  • Marianne Cormier, Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Moncton (As an Individual)
  • Paul Cyr, Director of Instruction (Commission scolaire de langue française)
  • Anastasia DesRoches, Executive Director (Fédération des parents de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard)
  • Éric Forgues, Executive Director, Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities, University of Moncton (As an Individual)
  • René Hurtubise, Executive Director, Director of Innovation and French Programs and Services (Prince Edward Island Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture)
  • Gail Lecky, Executive Director (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Madeleine Léger, Student, Mount Allison University (As an Individual)
  • Xavier Lord-Giroux, Acting President (Société nationale de l’Acadie)
  • Véronique Mallet, Executive Director (Société nationale de l’Acadie)
  • Isabelle Violette, Assistant Professor, Department of French Studies, University of Moncton (As an Individual)
  • Mathieu Wade, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Acadian Studies, University of Moncton (As an Individual)
Monday, June 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM
  • Cristina Andronic, Representative (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Lucy Asante, Representative (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Austin Henderson, Representative (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Nicole Thibault, Executive Director - National (Canadian Parents for French)
Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Julia Albert, Ambassador - 2016 (French for the Future)
  • Nicolette Belliveau, Ambassador - 2012 (French for the Future)
  • Deborah Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer (Experiences Canada)
  • Courtney Peters, Program Participant (Experiences Canada)
  • Khaleela Skinner, Program Participant (Experiences Canada)
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 5:02 PM
  • Warren Thomson, Principal (Quebec High School)
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Mario Clarke, Director, Entrepreneurship Program (Youth Employment Services Foundation)
  • Alexander Gordon, Member (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • Rachel Hunting, Member (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • Sarah Lukassen, Youth Coordinator (Youth Employment Services Foundation)
Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5:03 PM
  • Sébastien Benedict, Manager, Government and Community Relations (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Jean-Guy Bigeau, Chief Executive Officer (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Justin Johnson, President (Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française)
  • Simon Methot, Youth Project Officer (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité)
  • Josée Vaillancourt, Executive Director (Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française)
Bill S-209, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act (communications with and services to the public)
(2016-11-17)
Government response to the sixth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages entitled Aiming Higher: Increasing bilingualism of our Canadian Youth, tabled in the Senate on June 15, 2015
(2016-06-17)
Study on the challenges associated with access to French-language schools and French immersion programs in British Columbia
(2016-04-20) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:05 PM
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:05 PM
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:03 PM
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:32 PM
  • The Honourable Judy Foote, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Adam Gibson, A/Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Manon Lapensée, Director, Corporate Communications (Canada Lands Company Limited)
  • Marie Lemay, Deputy Minister (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:01 PM
  • Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division (Statistics Canada)
  • Deana Grinnell, Senior Director of Real Estate (Canada Lands Company Limited)
  • Robert Howald, Executive Vice President, Real Estate (Canada Lands Company Limited)
  • John McBain, President and Chief Executive Officer (Canada Lands Company Limited)
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Christine Ruest Norrena, Senior Counsel & Assistant Director (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:33 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:33 PM
  • Nour Enayeh, President (Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents)
  • Joseph Pagé, Member (Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents)
  • Mark Power, Lawyer (Power Law)
  • Marc-André Roy, Lawyer (Power Law)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM
  • Francis R. Andrew, Program Director Emeritus, French Centre, Continuing Studies (University of British Columbia)
  • Monique Bournot-Trites, Associate Professor (University of British Columbia)
  • Sophie Brassard, President (Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Wendy Carr, Associate Dean, Teacher Education, Faculty of Education (University of British Columbia)
  • Diane Dagenais, Full Professor (Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University)
  • Yvon Laberge, Executive Director (Collège Éducacentre)
  • Rémi Marien, Executive Director (Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Kenneth Reeder, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education-Language & Literacy Education (University of British Columbia)
  • Noah Rondeau, Administrator – 19-25 (Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Cécile Sabatier, Associate Professor (Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University)
  • Claire Trépanier, Director (Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, Simon Fraser University)
  • Meike Wernicke, Coordinator, French Programs, Faculty of Education-Language & Literacy Education (University of British Columbia)
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:59 AM
  • Sylvain Allison, Secretary-Treasurer (Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Johanne Asselin, Director, école Anne-Hébert (Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Marie-Andrée Asselin, Executive Director (BC Francophone Parents Federation)
  • Cendra Beaton, President, Sooke District Chapter (Canadian Parents for French)
  • Sophie Bergeron, President (Association provinciale des professeurs d'immersion et du programme francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Bertrand Dupain, Superintendent (Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Trish Kolber, French Teacher Representative (BC Association of Teachers of Modern Languages)
  • Marie-Pierre Lavoie, President (BC Francophone Parents Federation)
  • Sylvie Liechtele, President (BC Francophone Teachers’ Union (Local 93))
  • Teri Mooring, First Vice-President (BC Teachers’ Federation)
  • Michel Tardif, School District 93 Chapter President, Principal of La Passerelle (Whistler) and La Vallée (Pemberton) schools (Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Mary-Em Waddington, President, Surrey Chapter (Canadian Parents for French)
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:03 AM
  • Catherine Berron, School Principal, Dual Track Elementary School (Surrey School District)
  • Simon Burgers, District Principal, Languages and Multicultural Programs, Learning Team (The Greater Victoria School District (#61))
  • Padminee Chundunsing, President of the Board (La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Glyn Lewis, Executive Director (Canadian Parents for French - British Columbia and Yukon Branch)
  • Pascaline Nsekera, Immigration Program Manager (La Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique)
  • Pierre Rivard, Executive and Artistic Director (Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver)
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:33 PM
Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and of the regulations and directives made under it, within those institutions subject to the Act
(2016-02-03) Link to the briefs of this witness/study
Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:01 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 3:32 PM
  • The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Carl Trottier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Planning and Policy Sector (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Pierre Coulombe, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pascale Giguère, General Counsel and Director, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Interim Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 5:02 PM
  • Dr. Hubert Dupuis, President (Égalité Santé en Français)
  • Dr. William Laplante, Treasurer (Égalité Santé en Français)
  • Jacques Verge, Secretary (Égalité Santé en Français)
Monday, April 3, 2017 at 5:01 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pascale Giguère, General Counsel and Director, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Jean Marleau, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Interim Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 5:32 PM
  • The Honourable Judy Foote, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Adam Gibson, A/Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
  • Manon Lapensée, Director, Corporate Communications (Canada Lands Company Limited)
  • Marie Lemay, Deputy Minister (Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Monday, November 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  • Nicole Gagnon, Canada's Lead for Advocacy (Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Conference Interpreters)
  • Jim Thompson, Communications Counsel to AIIC Canada (Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Conference Interpreters)
Monday, November 21, 2016 at 5:34 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Christine Ruest Norrena, Senior Counsel & Assistant Director (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 5:34 PM
  • Patrick Donovan, Associate Coordinator (Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network)
  • Lorraine O'Donnell, Coordinator-Researcher (Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network)
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 5:33 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
Monday, September 26, 2016 at 5:34 PM
  • Suzanne Bossé, Director General (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Melinda Chartrand, President (Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones)
  • Sylviane Lanthier, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Roger Paul, Managing Director (Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones)
  • Jean-Luc Racine, Executive Director (Commission nationale des parents francophones)
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 5:31 PM
  • Rodrigue Landry, Associate researcher (Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities)
Monday, May 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  • The Honourable Scott Brison, P.C., M.P., President of the Treasury Board (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pascale Giguère, General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Anne-Marie Smart, Chief Human Resources Officer (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
  • Marc Tremblay, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM
  • The Honourable John McCallum, P.C., M.P., Minister (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Stefanie Beck, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
  • Corinne Prince St-Amand, Director General, Integration and Foreign Credentials Referrals Office (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM
  • Lynn Brouillette, Acting Director General (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne)
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 5:19 PM
  • The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage (Canadian Heritage)
  • Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Director General, Official Languages Branch, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Dan Lamoureux, President (Quebec Community Groups Network)
  • Hubert Lussier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship, Heritage and Regions (Canadian Heritage)
  • Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General (Quebec Community Groups Network)
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:35 PM
  • François Boileau, French Language Services Commissioner (Office of the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario)
  • Katherine d'Entremont, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick)
Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:30 PM
  • Mary Donaghy, Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Communications Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Pascale Giguère, General Counsel, Legal Affairs Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
  • Ghislaine Saikaley, Assistant Commissioner, Compliance Assurance Branch (Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
  • Suzanne Bossé, Director General (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Sylviane Lanthier, President (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada)
  • Glenn O'Farrell, President and CEO (Groupe Média TFO)
  • Michel Tremblay, Executive Director, Special Project (Groupe Média TFO)
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