The Official Languages Committee reviews the Bilingualism Bonus Directive and hears final level grievances on the directive, when required by the Executive Committee. The Committee also reviews official languages policies in the Public Service and discusses issues arising from these policies.
Committee Advisor: JF.Gosselin-Dubois@njc-cnm.gc.ca (Jean-Félix)
Quarterly Report to the National Joint Council (June 2019)
- The Committee has met twice (2) since the last Council meeting.
- The Committee wishes to note the departure of Jean Duval, ISED and thank him for his contribution to the Committee.
- The Committee’s 2018-2019 Achievements Report and 2019-2020 Work Plan were presented to the Executive Committee at its yearly planning session. Additional discussions are set to take place at the Executive Committee’s June meeting prior to approving the Work Plan.
- The Committee reviewed the Millennial Voices Report and conveyed its findings to the authors. Comparisons were made with the Committee’s own Report on the State of Bilingualism in the Public Service with respect to the promotion of official bilingualism policies.
- The Committee reviewed its role in relation to a cyclical review process and shared their respective organization’s point of view towards reopening the Bilingualism Bonus Directive. The Committee continues to discuss the issue.
- The Committee received a presentation from Hocine Toulaït, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, TBS on the Official Languages Act. The presentation included an overview of the sections of the Act as well as the roles of the key institutions involved with Official Languages. The review will allow members to fully participate in future discussions and consultations on the modernization of the Act with relevant stakeholders.
- The Committee also received a presentation from the Public Service Renewal Secretariat of the Privy Council Office related to the Beyond 2020 framework and shared its perspective regarding inclusiveness and diversity in the realm of Official Languages.
Next meeting: September 17, 2019