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188.8.131.52 Partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick
Although the Francophone communities of Ontario and New Brunswick are different, they are both minorities and have the right under current legislation to be served in French by their provincial government. As a result, the obstacles they encounter may be similar or even sometimes interconnected from one province to another. Ontario and New Brunswick, as provinces, also have the same powers.
To expand their cooperation and improve the observance of citizens’ language rights in their respective provinces, the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario and the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick signed a memorandum of understanding on March 12, 2013. Through this partnership, the two organizations will share issues and recommendations arising from their investigations and collaborate more closely on promotional initiatives. As in the case of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, this agreement merely formalizes a cooperative relationship that has existed between the two commissioners for several years.