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Montreal Is Getting Its Very Own French Language Commissioner

It will be a first for the City of Montreal.
Montreal Is Getting Its Very Own French Language Commissioner

On June 9, the City of Montreal announced that it will hire its very own French Language Commissioner in order to monitor the progress of Montreal's Action Plan for the Promotion of the French Language 2021-2024. 

"We are reaffirming the importance that the City of Montreal places on French as an official and common language," Cathy Wong, executive committee member responsible for diversity, employment inclusion, the French language and the fight against racism and discrimination, said in a press release.

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Montreal's Action Plan for the Promotion of the French Language is a 24-point plan that aims to promote "the French language while preserving the cultural and linguistic rights of the English-speaking community and Indigenous nations," according to Mayor Valérie Plante.

The new commissioner will be responsible for making sure the action plan is properly implemented at all levels.

The plan applies to all 19 boroughs. 

"The French language is a collective treasure and an essential element at the heart of our Montreal identity," the mayor added.