‘Francophone’ definition under Ontario law needs revision: Deliscar

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The Ontario French Language Services Act needs to be updated to ensure francophones are able to receive provincial government services in French, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

“They should absolutely be able to get services in French all over the province and I am surprised that isn’t the norm,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Deliscar, who runs a multifaceted law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish, comments on the issue after Ontario’s French language commissioner said francophones should be able to get government services anywhere in the province and not just in the existing 26 designated regions, reports the Canadian Press.

Commissioner Francois Boileau said it’s time to update the 30-year-old Ontario French Language Services Act to expand its reach.

Under the existing law, the Ontario government and its agencies “must provide services in French in communities with 5,000 or more francophones or in areas where francophones make up more than 10 per cent of the population,” says the article.

For regions where the numbers don’t meet that threshold, the province could still designate the provision of French services, it says.

Read more here: http://www.advocatedaily.com/suzanne-deliscar-francophone-definition-under-ontario-law-needs-revision-deliscar.html

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