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 protection of the French language is once again becoming a priority for the Quebec government.
Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister responsible for the French Language
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.