Quebec small businesses worried about changes to French language laws

Bill 101 would require employers to complete ‘francization’ program
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/05/2012

Alex Kovalenko, director of operations at IT recruitment firm Kovasys in Montreal, has a rather peculiar concern for a business owner — he’s worried about growing his business any further.

While he currently has about 10 employees (the staff level varies based on workload), if Kovalenko were to have 11 employees or more, he could be subject to new language laws that the recently elected Parti Québécois is promising to implement in Quebec.

Translating all documents into French, purchasing French software and completing a “francization” program would be just some of the new requirements.