Federal Statutes

Federal language legislation includes a number of statutes and regulations, but only the Official Languages Act, Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations, Public Service Official Languages Appointment Regulations, and Legislative Instruments Re–enactment Act are "linguistic statutes." Other statutes include sections with linguistic scope and could therefore be deemed "of linguistic significance." These include the Criminal Code, Cree–Naskapi (of Québec) Act, Northwest Territories Act, Act for the Preservation and Enhancement of Multiculturalism in Canada, Canadian Heritage Languages Institute Act, and Nunavut Act.

For each of the following legislative documents, you can view explanatory remarks, a summary, and the full text (or part of note):

Year

Title

Remarks

Summary

Full Text

1984 Cree–Nasakapi (of Québec) Act
Explanation

Read sect. 31-32 & 80

Full Act
1985 Criminal Code of Canada
Explanation

Read sect. 530-532

Part XVII
1985 Northwest Territories Act
Explanation

Read sect. 43.1-43.4

Part II
1988 Canadian Multiculturalism Act
Explanation

Read sect. 3-5

Full act
1988 Official Languages Act
Explanation

Read

Full Act
1990 Canadian Heritage Languages Institute Act (not in force)
Explanation

Read sect. 3-4

Full Act
1991 Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations
Explanation

Read

Regulations
1993 Nunavut Act
Explanation

Read sect. 23 & 38

Full Act
1999 Public Service Official Languages Appointment Regulations
Explanation

Read

Regulations
2002 Legislative Instruments Re–enactment Act
Explanation

Read

Full Act