CHARLOTTETOWN — The new French Language Services Act and its regulations have been proclaimed in their entirety.
The French Language Services Act, the first major legislative overhaul of French language services in over a decade, was passed during the Spring Sitting of the Legislative Assembly.
The Act and General Regulations clearly outline government’s obligations in matters related to planning and reporting on French language services, correspondence received in French, public consultations and the first series of services to be officially designated as bilingual. These designated services include the 511 traveller information service, highway traffic signs and the French public libraries located in Abram-Village, Summerside and Charlottetown.
The proclamation of the act also confirms the appointment of Jean-Paul Arsenault of Charlottetown as the first complaints officer. He is a respected community leader who brings an enviable depth of professional experience to the role having worked extensively in both the public and private sectors.
Arsenault will be responsible for reviewing complaints as needed.
For more information on the French Language Services Act and government programs and services offered in French, please consult the Acadian and Francophone Affairs Secretariat website at www.ipeservicesfrancais.ca.