Overview of CRTC's role with Official Language Minority Communities

The CRTC is a designated institution under section 41 of the Official Languages Act (OLA).

CRTC receives designation in 2003

In 2003, Canadian Heritage designated the CRTC as one of the 33 institutions required to prepare an action plan for implementing section 41, Part VII, of the Act and to report on its achievements. The reason behind this decision was the important role that the CRTC plays with official language minority communities (OLMCs). The Commission is required to make special efforts to implement the federal government's commitments under Part VII of the Act.

Scope of section 41 and its impact on the CRTC

Section 41 of the OLA states the government's solemn commitment to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities and supporting and assisting their development while fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

Subsection 41(2) requires federal institutions to ensure that positive measures are taken for the implementation of the commitments under subsection (1).

Enactment of Bill S-3

In 2005, with the enactment of Bill S-3, the Official Languages Act was amended, essentially providing legal remedies to enforce the duty of federal institutions to take positive measures to support the development of official language minority communities and foster linguistic duality. Pursuant to subsection 77(1), any person may apply to a court for a remedy where a federal institution has failed to comply with section 41 of the OLA.

Results of federal audit

In 2006, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages carried out an audit of the implementation of section 41 at the CRTC. The period assessed was from October 2005 to April 2006. The report published in February 2007 contained ten recommendations for the Commission. In 2008-2009, the Commission collaborated with the OCOL to ensure follow up on implementation of recommendations. The follow-up Report has been posted on October 13, 2009.

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