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Minutes of Proceedings

44th Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 96
Monday, April 29, 2024, 3:41 p.m. to 5:34 p.m.
In Camera
René Arseneault, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Lucie Lecomte, Analyst
The committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to committee business.

It was agreed, — That the Commissioner of Official Languages be invited to appear on Monday, May 27, 2024, for one hour and a half, on the tabling of its Annual Report 2023-24.

At 4:53 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:00 p.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(f), the committee undertake a study of the first-language education continuum, from early childhood to post-secondary, in official language minority communities, taking into account the new asymmetrical approach of the Official Languages Act, which recognizes that French is in a minority situation in Canada and North America due to the predominant use of English.

That, in the context of this study, the committee:

a) Study access to early learning and childcare services in the minority language in Canada, including the quality of childcare services and their impact on the linguistic and social development of children;

b) Examine the funding, including through the Official Languages in Education Program, for elementary and secondary schools in the minority language in Canada;

c) Examine federal funding for post-secondary institutions serving official language minority communities in Canada;

d) Assess the federal government's capacity to gather data on the continuum in education, including data on rights holders;

e) Evaluate the impact of the continuum in education on the implementation of the right to education in the minority language enshrined in Article 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

That, in the context of this study, the committee invites, among others:

i) The Minister of Official Languages and the Minister of Canadian Heritage;

ii) The Commissioner of Official Languages.

That the committee allocate a minimum of eight meetings to this study, that the committee reports its findings and recommendations to the House and that, in concordance to Standing Order 109, the committee request a comprehensive response from the government.

At 5:34 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Audrée Dallaire
Clerk of the committee