Canadian. Language. News.

July 25, 2022
Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc and Grand Chief Norman Sylliboy shake hands during the ceremony as premier Tim Houston and L'nu affairs minister Karla MacFarlane applaud. (Government of Nova Scotia. Retrieved from CBC News).


Hello language access advocates - July has been an exciting month for #languagerights!
On our mind this month:

1. July has been an exciting month for Canadian Language News! On July 17, legislation proclaiming Mi'kmaw as Nova Scotia's first language was proclaimed in the province. "The Mi’kmaw Language Act will take effect on October 1, Treaty Day, and will support efforts to protect and revitalize the language."

2. If you are an individual or organization who does work relating to language access or advocacy - we would like to know! If you have any projects, events, or other activities that you would like us to share in this newsletter, please email and let us know about your newsletter submission suggestions so we can spread the word about the amazing work being done by language access advocates in Canada!

3. Want to advocate for language access in your province but don't know where to begin? Check out our Advocacy Resources page on our website. Also be sure to scroll to the bottom of this newsletter to view our core policy asks for MPP's. We need your help to spread the word about language access issues across Canada, so email your local MPP and ask for their support!

That is all for now!

In solidarity and the pursuance of language rights,

The LACC Team


Indigenous Languages


  • Les coûts invisibles de l’immigration au Canada - L’immigration au Canada. Un rêve coûteux qui devient de plus en plus inaccessible pour la population libanaise. Enlisés dans une crise économique historique, depuis bientôt trois ans, les Libanais quittent plus que jamais leur pays. Et pour ceux qui choisissent le Canada, le processus est long, coûteux et difficile. À commencer par les tests de français.
  • Francis Drouin devient le plus jeune président des parlementaires francophones - Le député libéral fédéral de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Francis Drouin, vient d’être élu à 38 ans le plus jeune président de l’histoire de l’Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF). Son objectif est de gagner la confiance des jeunes envers les institutions parlementaires.
  • Nouvelle ronde de subventions aux organismes franco-ontariens - L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) vient de lancer la cinquième ronde d’Effet multiplicateur, le programme de subventions non remboursables financées par l’Agence fédérale de développement économique pour le Sud de l’Ontario (FedDev).
  • Kapuskasing: quand les anglophones parlent comme les francophones
    À Kapuskasing, dans le Nord de l’Ontario, l’influence du français est passée dans la syntaxe anglaise, en particulier chez les moins de 25 ans. De nouvelles recherches démontrent que l’alignement linguistique n’est pas superficiel. Des données recueillies cet été à Sudbury et Wawa pourraient le confirmer.
  • Immigration francophone «équitable et non discriminatoire»… Vraiment? - En Afrique francophone, le processus d’immigration au Canada est associé à un sentiment de traitement différentiel et de paradoxe. De nombreux candidats à la résidence permanente francophones dénoncent les délais de traitement des dossiers qui vont jusqu’à plus de 48 mois, dans certains cas.

Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

  • Non-accredited interpreters a threat to 'quality of bilingualism' on Parliament Hill, advocates say - A plan to hire non-accredited interpreters to address chronic short staffing among federal interpreters in Ottawa is raising concerns about the quality of bilingualism on Parliament Hill. Interpreters who orally translate from English to French and vice versa help both parliamentarians and members of the public follow and participate in government proceedings.
  • Niverville, Man. to address labour shortage by removing language barrier - A Manitoba community is looking to attract more workers to meet a labour shortage, and in order to do so, the town’s council is working to remove a potential barrier. Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck told Global News the town is covering the cost of English classes for potential new workers who may not have enough of a grasp on the language to get hired in a variety of fields.
LACC has identified the following as key policy needs relating to language access:
  •  An "active offer" - everyone in public service settings actively gets asked what language they would like to be served in. Especially in hospitals, this must be expanded beyond the official languages and address the diverse languages spoken by that region or community.

  • Proclaim Feb 22nd as a Day of Language Access

  • Mandate having "Language Services Available" (National Interpreter Symbol) posters in all public offices.

  • Resources for all public announcements to be signed in both ASL and LSQ.

  • Increased advocacy for the importance of French as one of Canada’s official languages

  • Increased resources put towards Indigenous language education and revitalization 

OUR LANGUAGE RIGHTS MONTHLY is curated list of Canadian language related news brought to you by Language Access Coalition of Canada (LACC), a community of forward-thinking organizations and individuals in the non-profit, public and private sectors, driven by the desire to make a positive impact by advocating for access to information and services in languages people understand. Please follow us on social media channels.

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