Ten of the nineteen boroughs of the metropolis, as well as the City-Center, do not have a certificate of compliance with the Charter of the French language, according to data obtained by TVA Nouvelles.
These boroughs have not complied for 18 years with this measure implemented by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). A failure which must be corrected quickly, claims the minister responsible for the French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette.
“This situation is totally unacceptable and I really want to make sure that the City of Montreal can obtain its francization certificate, including the City-Center. It is not normal that the largest French-speaking city in North America is not certified by the OQLF in its entirety ”, proclaims the minister responsible for the application of Law 101.
The francization certificate is an additional tool with which the Office has adopted to report on the francization situation in an organization, including a borough.
“Montreal must be the flagship of the French language. Montreal must play a predominant role in the promotion, enhancement and defense of French. I am very worried about the linguistic situation in Montreal. We will have to ensure that we have specific measures for the Island of Montreal, for the City of Montreal in terms of francization ”, underlines Mr. Jolin-Barrette, who is working on an action plan to protect and promote the French language.
In August, an OQLF survey revealed that 50% of the boroughs required English when hiring and that 20% asked that they speak English to colleagues and managers.
“The Quebec government must be exemplary, including the City of Montreal, above all we must ensure that the City of Montreal, through its actions, through its actions, through its internal language policies, set an example for ensure that it is a francophone environment in Montreal, ”insists Simon Jolin-Barrette.
Due to the COVID crisis, the Office québécois de la langue française has offered the City of Montreal a two-week deadline for it to comply, we are told.
The City intends to submit its file by the end of the month in order to respect all the standards for the protection and enhancement of French in all of its services.
In particular, it is explained that each borough is responsible for having its certificate validated by the OQLF.
At the office of the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, we encourage the boroughs to obtain their accreditation as quickly as possible. We emphasize that the City of Montreal has its status as a French-speaking American metropolis at heart, and is putting forward numerous measures to protect and enhance the French language.
Our administration is also the first to have appointed an elected official responsible for the French language to the city’s executive committee, concludes a spokesperson for Valérie Plante’s cabinet.
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