Quebec gives deadline to employers for French language requirements

More than 800 companies alerted to Bill 96 requirements

Quebec gives deadline to employers for French language requirements

The Quebec government has set out deadlines for employers who must comply with new requirements to guarantee the use of French language in their workplaces.

The provincial Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) sent a letter last Friday to more than 800 companies telling them to begin developing a formal plan, according to a CBC report.

OQLF is Quebec’s public institution responsible for linguistic officialization, terminological recommendations and the francization of the language of work in both the public and the private sectors.

Companies in federally regulated sectors must provide the name of a contact person and their number of employees to OQFL within 30 days.

These include the banking, telecommunications and transportation sectors which were given the mandate under Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec.

Employers with 25 to 49 employees have three years to finalize the process, while those with 50 or more employees are given six months, according to the report. Smaller companies will not have to develop a plan.

Back in November 2021, Quebec added over 30 new occupations that will be eligible for simplified processing under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). 

And in August 2021, Ottawa announced it would help Quebec youth get a good start on their careers by investing up to $36.7 million through the Fédération des chambres du commerce du Québec to create work placements for post-secondary students.

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