A Survey on Community priorities for the updated French Language Services Act

Ottawa, October 11, 2017 The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) has just released the results of its survey1 on the updated French Language Services Act (FLSA). The three main priorities of the Franco-Ontarian community are active offer, French-language healthcare services and the designation (as defined by the FLSA) of the whole province.

Other priorities for the updated FLSA expressed by the Franco-Ontarian community include making it more stringent, requiring all governmental organizations to offer French-language services, and simplifying the process of designating areas and organizations. These survey results, along with the results of the Conference on Ontario’s French Language Services Act organized by the University of Ottawa, will form the basis of a collaborative effort between the AFO and the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO).

“This survey allowed the Franco-Ontarian community to share its perspective on the modernized FLSA with the Ontario Government, and the responses confirm that the community has clear priorities. The AFO and the AJEFO will collaborate to formally draft these priorities,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.

During the AFO’s annual conference at the end of the month, a workshop will be held on the overhaul of the FLSA to discuss and reiterate the community’s priorities. The community will be asked to formally endorse these priorities during the next AGM.

“The AFO and the AJEFO are drafting the list of priorities that should underlie the modernized FLSA. The AJEFO hopes that the Ministry of Francophone Affairs will use these recommendations to accelerate the modernization process,” added Sonia Ouellet, the President of the AJEFO.

1.  276 Franco-Ontarians responded to the survey online between July 24 and September 5, 2017.