Quebec municipalities want to keep their bilingual city status

Since the entry into force of Law 96, the status of bilingual city of a municipality can be revoked if English is the mother tongue of less than 50% of its population.

However, a municipality can retain this status if the municipal council adopts a resolution within 120 days of receiving a notice from the Office de la langue française regarding its population.

While Bill 96 is the subject of much criticism from groups representing Anglophones, Scott Pearce, Mayor of Gore Township in the Laurentians, says the government has done municipalities a favor by giving them a way easy to formalize their status.

Mr. Pearce, whose wife is the CAQ member for Argenteuil, said he spoke to several mayors across the province. anglaise et française– s’entendent bien”,”text”:”Ils sont vraiment fiers de leur statut bilingue et du fait que les deux communautés –anglaise et française– s’entendent bien”}}”>They are really proud of their bilingual status and the fact that the two communities – English and French – get along well.he says.

A spokesperson for the Office de la langue française said in an email that the notices will be well sent municipalities whose percentage of Anglophones has fallen below 50%.

A municipality recognized as being bilingual must nevertheless ensure that its services to the population are available in French, the official language of Quebec.said Nicolas Trudel.

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