Bill C-254

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Second Session, Forty-third Parliament,
69 Elizabeth II, 2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-254
An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Official Languages Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act
FIRST READING, November 24, 2020
Mrs. Vignola
432020


SUMMARY

This enactment amends the Canada Labour Code, the Official Languages Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act to clarify the application of the Charter of the French Language in Quebec.
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2nd Session, 43rd Parliament,
69 Elizabeth II, 2020
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA
BILL C-254
An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code, the Official Languages Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
R.‍S.‍, c. L-2

Canada Labour Code

1The Canada Labour Code is amended by adding the following after section 4:
Application in Quebec
4.‍1Any federal work, undertaking or business operating in Quebec is subject to the requirements of the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.
R.‍S.‍, c. 31 (4th Supp.‍)

Official Languages Act

2The preamble of the Official Languages Act is amended by adding the following after the last paragraph:
AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada recognizes that French is the official language of Quebec and the common language in Quebec;
3(1)Section 41 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (1):
Undertaking
(1.‍1)The Government of Canada undertakes not to obstruct the application in Quebec of the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.
(2)Subsection 41(2) of the Act is replaced by the following:
Duty of federal institutions
(2)Every federal institution has the duty to ensure that positive measures are taken for the implementation of the commitments and undertaking under subsections (1) and (1.‍1). For greater certainty, this implementation shall be carried out while respecting the jurisdiction and powers of the provinces and, in Quebec, while respecting the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.
4Section 43 of the Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (1):
Implementation in Quebec
(1.‍1)Any measure referred to in subsection (1) shall be implemented, in Quebec, in a manner that is consistent with the objectives of the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.
5Section 55 of the Act is renumbered as subsection 55(1) and is amended by adding the following:
Quebec
(2)In Quebec, the Commissioner shall carry out the duties and functions referred to in subsection (1) in a manner that does not obstruct the application of the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.
R.‍S.‍, c. C-44; 1994, c. 24, s. 1(F)

Canada Business Corporations Act

6Section 10 of the Canada Business Corporations Act is amended by adding the following after subsection (3):
Exception
(3.‍1)Despite subsection (3), the name of a corporation that carries on business in the Province of Quebec shall meet the requirements of the Charter of the French Language, R.‍S.‍Q.‍, c. C-11.