Quebec Has New Plans To Better Protect & Promote French

The OQLF is expanding and the number of inspectors will double.
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New OQLF Officers Will 'Allow The Montreal Team To Focus Solely On The Metropolis'

After weeks of promising change, the Minister of the French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, has finally announced new plans to further protect French in Quebec. At the heart of the announcement is a promise to open three new OQLF offices — the agency's first expansion since the '80s.

The new offices in Laval, Longueuil, and Drummondville will allow the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) to "intervene more effectively where its presence in francization is a necessity" and "allow the Montreal team to focus solely on the metropolis," according to a statement.

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The OQLF will also open 50 new positions "dedicated to operational activities to ensure that the right to work in French and the right of consumers to obtain products and services in French are respected."

The new hires will double the number of inspectors.

Jolin-Barrette has for weeks promised changes were coming, after a survey from the OQLF shows a whopping 60% of employers in Montreal asked new hires for English skills.

Ah, the OQLF, the Quebec agency charged with promoting the French language and enforcing laws that protect it.

In addition to providing resources for French learners and launching campaigns to encourage its use, the office also investigates possible violations of the Charter of the French Language, or Bill 101. Commonly referred to as the collection of the province's "language laws," Bill 101 establishes rules for the use of French in commercial activity.

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The OQLF is working to keep French as the language of business. The office announced that on October 21, a Quebec court fined a Montreal-based real estate broker $1,500 for violating the language law on ads and publications.

Qiang Zhong Inc., a real estate broker, was accused of "not having written in French the commercial publications posted on its Facebook page," according to a press release. The accusation followed a complaint.

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Let's take a mot-clic #égoportrait. In November 2021, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) conducted a campaign to get young Quebecers to use French on social media.

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