Chapter 1

An Organizational Story

1.3.4.1 Partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada

View the introductory video for this chapter, a production of Groupe Média TFO (this video is available in French only – read the transcript of this video)

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Read the transcript of this video

Since the French Language Services Commissioner took office, a great many citizens have expressed interest in seeing collaboration between his team and the team of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada. Although such collaboration has been going on unofficially for a number of years, it was formalized on November 26, 2012, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario and the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada.

View the memorandum of understanding signed by the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada and the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario

This solid partnership not only affords Franco-Ontarian citizens even more direct access to the services of both organizations but also makes greater use of each commissioner’s expertise in projects such as the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games in Toronto, the study on Access to Justice in Both Official Languages: Improving the Bilingual Capacity of the Judiciary for Superior Courts (also being conducted in partnership with the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick) and other studies on compliance with linguistic obligations.

The Commissioner is proud of the fact that the close friendship that has developed over the years between the commissioners will continue no matter who is in the position. Indeed, this agreement also allows staff members of the two organizations to be in direct contact.

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