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Senators who have participated in this study

Maria Chaput, Chair
Andrée Champagne,
  P.C., Deputy Chair
Pierre De Bané, P.C.
Suzanne Fortin-
  Duplessis
Joan Fraser
Rose-Marie Losier-Cool
Michel Rivard
Judith Seidman
Claudette Tardif

 
 
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Recommendations

Recommendation 1

That the Government of Canada recognize that the Anglophone minority in Quebec:

a) has equal rights and privileges.

b) has specific needs that deserve close attention from all federal institutions.

Recommendation 2

That when transfer payments affect activities for the benefit of Quebec's English-speaking communities, federal institutions:

a) ensure at all times that transparent accountability mechanisms are established, in cooperation with the province and the communities, and that the mechanisms are simple to understand and accessible to the public.

b) issue the funding directly to Quebec's Anglophone organizations, wherever possible.

c) review their funding methods to ensure that English-speaking communities receive their fair share and are treated equitably.

Recommendation 3

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

a) urge all departments covered by the Roadmap (2008-2013), in consultation with the English-speaking communities, to review communications strategies for increasing awareness of the funding available in all regions of Quebec.

b) immediately review, in consultation with the English-speaking communities, the Accountability and Coordination Framework and establish specific criteria and indicators so that all federal institutions are able to take into account the specific needs of those communities.

c) require federal institutions involved in developing the next official languages strategy to consider these criteria as a means of identifying allocations to both official-language minority communities and explaining imbalances, if any.

Recommendation 4

That the President of the Treasury Board hold federal institutions operating in Quebec accountable for complying with the requirements set out in Appendix E of the Guide to Preparing Treasury Board Submissions, by requiring systematic language impact analysis for all initiatives subject to its approval.

Recommendation 5

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

a) ensure that federal institutions operating in Quebec regularly consult the English-speaking communities in all regions of Quebec in implementing their policies and programs.

b) ensure that federal institutions operating in Quebec take measures that have a positive and long-lasting effect on the development of these communities.

c) do the necessary follow-up with federal institutions operating in Quebec that fail to abide by the requirements associated with the implementation of Part VII of the Official Languages Act.

Recommendation 6

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

a) consult Quebec's English-speaking communities to determine their priorities and needs in relation to the development of the Community Learning Centres.

b) commit, under the Canada-Quebec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Language Instruction, to providing the support needed to provide for maintaining and developing the Community Learning Centres in the long term.

c) continue the commitment to the Community Learning Centres beyond 2013.

Recommendation 7

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, in negotiating the Cooperation Agreement with Quebec's English-speaking communities:

a) review communication strategies to ensure that English-speaking communities across Quebec are aware of changes to funding methods.

b) consult with English-speaking communities to see if other action is necessary to reduce funding delays in the period covered by the agreement under negotiation.

c) take the Committee's study into account so it is able to offer the communities support that reflects their needs.

Recommendation 8

That the federal partners on the National Human Resources Development Committee for the English Linguistic Minority:

a) understand the challenges and needs identified by the Committee in the area of economic development, such as access to employment services in English, business development services, support for language and other training and access to new technologies outside major urban centres.

b) work with community partners to develop a strategic plan with specific criteria and adequate resources to address these challenges.

c) notify the Committee of action taken in this regard.

Recommendation 9

That the Consultative Committee on Advertising and Official Language Minority Media:

a) examine the challenges and needs identified by the Committee in the media sector, such as criteria that are better suited to the needs of English-speaking communities, support for new technologies and government advertising in English-language community media.

b) work with community partners to develop a strategic plan that has the necessary criteria and adequate resources to respond to the needs expressed.

c) notify the Committee of action taken in this regard.

Recommendation 10

That the Network of National Coordinators responsible for the implementation of Section 41, the Network of Official Languages Champions and the Committee of Assistant Deputy Ministers on Official Languages, in cooperation with the English-speaking communities:

a) study the measures to take so that federal institutions operating in Quebec comply with the requirements of the Official Languages Act.

b) notify the Committee of action taken in this regard.

Recommendation 11

That the President of the Treasury Board, in consultation with the English-speaking communities, speed up the review of official language policy instruments to ensure that communications and services offered in both official languages in Quebec are of equal quality.

Recommendation 12

That the President of the Treasury Board:

a) require that federal institutions operating in Quebec submit a report on the implementation of Part VI of the Official Languages Act.

b) notify the Committee of action taken by federal institutions in Quebec to promote the equitable participation by Anglophones and Francophones in those institutions.

Recommendation 13

That the Coordinating Committee on Official Languages Research:

a) make up to date, evidence-based research available to federal institutions about the various issues that affect the development of Quebec's English-speaking communities.

b) disseminate the results of that research to federal institutions in Quebec and to organizations representing the English-speaking communities, to better support the development of the communities.

Recommendation 14

That, in any agreement to transfer federal responsibility to the province, federal institutions include language clauses to ensure compliance at all times with:

a) Part IV of the Official Languages Act, by ensuring that services of equal quality are provided to English-speaking and French-speaking members of the public in Quebec.

b) Part VII of the Official Languages Act, by ensuring that positive measures are taken and adapted to the needs of the communities.

That federal institutions set out follow-up mechanisms to ensure the implementation of those language clauses. That the President of the Treasury Board and the Minister of Canadian Heritage monitor the implementation of these language clauses and notify the Committee of action taken by federal institutions in this regard.

Recommendation 15

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages urge the Government of Quebec to:

a) consult the English-speaking communities regarding their needs, priorities, challenges and issues.

b) support projects that have a concrete and lasting impact on their development, such as those under the Canada-Quebec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Language Instruction or under the Canada-Quebec Agreement on English-Language Services.

Recommendation 16

That the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages:

a) consult Anglophone school boards, in cooperation with the Government of Quebec, to determine how the federal government can help them address drop-out rates.

b) encourage the Government of Quebec to support projects to introduce laptops into schools through the Canada-Quebec Agreement on Minority Language Education and Second Languages Instruction.


 

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