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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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.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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