2000 – 2009

All events for 2000 – 2009
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada
2000

The Arsenault-Cameron case defines the extent of minority language education rights

In its decision, the Supreme Court of Canada maintains that section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms “is premised on the fact that substantive equality requires that official language minorities be treated differently, if necessary, according to their particular circumstances and needs, in order to provide them with a standard of education equivalent to that of the official language majority.”
Bronze of Northrop Frye
2000

The first Frye Festival is held

This bilingual international literary festival was created in honour of Northrop Frye (1912–1991), who grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick. It welcomes English- and French-speaking authors and attracts audiences from both official language communities.
Parliament Building
2001

The first minister responsible for official languages is appointed

The federal government assigns responsibility for the interdepartmental coordination of official languages files to Stéphane Dion.
Logo of the Office International de la Francophonie
2001

The Jeux de la Francophonie are held on Canadian soil for the first time

From July 14 to 24, the National Capital Region welcomes Francophones from around the world.
Poster of SOS Montfort
2001

The Court of Appeal for Ontario overturns the decision to close the Hôpital Montfort

In 1997, the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission had announced its intention to close the Montfort hospital, the only French-language university hospital in the entire province.
Logo "bonjour hello" of the Government of Manitoba
2002

Manitoba’s first Bilingual Service Centre opens in St. Boniface

The Centres are a direct result of the recommendations in the Chartier Report, Above All, Common Sense.
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
2002

New Brunswick passes a new Official Languages Act

The new Act is a legislative milestone for the Government of New Brunswick.
Réseau des services de santé en français de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard' logo
2002

The French Language Health Services Network is created in Prince Edward Island

This organization strives to increase access to French-language health and social services for Acadian and Francophone Prince Edward Islanders. It was incorporated in 2013 and became the PEI French Health Network.
2002

The Franco-Nunavut flag is adopted

In the Franco-Nunavut flag, the blue represents the Arctic sky, and the white represents snow, which is abundant in this vast territory.
2002

The new federal immigration law takes effect

It is called the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Société Santé en français' logo
2002

The Société Santé en français is created

The Société brings together key partners providing health and social services.
Moncton City Hall
August 6, 2002

The City of Moncton, New Brunswick, becomes officially bilingual

It is the first Canadian city to show off its bilingualism!
Accueil francophone's logo
2003

Accueil francophone opens in Manitoba

The aim of the organization is to contribute to community development by welcoming French-speaking immigrants and helping them to settle in Manitoba.
Gabrielle-Roy House
2003

Gabrielle Roy House opens in Manitoba

Gabrielle Roy’s childhood home is an important symbol that often appears in the author’s work.
2003

RésoSanté is a non-profit provincial organization that promotes French-language health and welfare services in British Columbia

The organization was created following provincial and national studies that showed differences in access to health services faced by Francophone minority communities in Canada.
Parliament Building
2003

The Government of Canada launches the Action Plan for Official Languages

The Action Plan is endowed with an initial budget of $750 million.
Canadian Parents for French logo
2003

The Northwest Territories branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the eleventh provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
 Réseau en santé en français en Saskatchewan's logo
2003

The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan is created

The Réseau’s mandate is to promote, protect and improve access to French-language health services in Saskatchewan.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada
2003

The Supreme Court of Canada hands down its ruling in the Doucet-Boudreau case

It confirms that the courts must issue effective, responsive remedies that guarantee full and meaningful protection of the rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Michel Carrier
April 1, 2003

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick opens its doors

Michel A. Carrier is New Brunswick’s first Commissioner of Official Languages.
December 10, 2003

A royal proclamation acknowledges the injustices inflicted on Acadians during their deportation

In her proclamation, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the tragic consequences of the deportation.
Bust of Samuel Champlain in Paris (France)
2004

Acadia celebrates its 400th anniversary

Celebrations are held across Acadia.
2004

Imperative staffing becomes the norm in the public service

New Treasury Board official language policies and directives state that from now on, apart from exceptions approved by the deputy minister or assistant deputy minister, bilingual positions must be staffed by individuals who are bilingual when they are hired.
2004

In two cases (Raîche and Forum des maires de la péninsule acadienne), the courts rule on the scope of section 41 of the Official Languages Act

The Courts twice ruled that this section, which deals with support for the development of official language minority communities, does not impose any specific obligation on federal institutions.
Bonjour! Logo
2004

Nova Scotia passes its French Language Services Act

This Act aims to foster the ongoing development of the province’s Acadian and Francophone community and specifies the terms and conditions under which provincial institutions provide services in French.
The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag
2004

Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates 500 years of French in the province

The rich history of Franco-Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is celebrated in 35 communities, only 9 of which are home to Acadians and Francophones. The event promotes unity and community.
2004

The Commission scolaire francophone du Nunavut is created

The capital of Iqaluit is home to only French school board in Nunavut, which means “our land,” Inuit land. It covers the largest territory in Canada and has the fewest number of students!
Francosaskoise Flag
2004

The Government of Saskatchewan adopts its French-Language Services Policy

In the Policy, the Government of Saskatchewan recognizes that linguistic duality is a fundamental characteristic of Canada.
2004

The rural municipality of St. Laurent, Manitoba, receives international recognition for its authentic Métis culture

St. Laurent is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution and its National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Parliament Building
2005

Parliament adopts Bill S-3, which concerns Part VII of the Official Languages Act

This amendment to the Act consolidates the legal foundations of Canadian duality.
2005

The Federal Court rules in favour of the use of both official languages by RCMP officers on the Trans-Canada Highway in Amherst, Nova Scotia

The Federal Court ruled that having French-speaking motorists use a police radio to communicate with a bilingual RCMP officer does not meet the language rights requirements stated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents
2005

The Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents opens in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

The community centre and school share a library that is accessible to the public. The Centre is also home to several Francophone community organizations.
Sign of the Supreme Court of Canada
2005

The Supreme Court of Canada favours continuity in language of education

The Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision on whether the requirement that children receive the “major part” of their education in English in order to obtain a certificate of eligibility to attend English public school, pursuant to section 73(2) of Quebec’s Charter of the French Language, is consistent with minority language education rights protected under section 23(2) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Portrait of Graham Fraser
2006

Graham Fraser is appointed as the sixth Commissioner of Official Languages

Commissioner Fraser emphasizes linguistic duality as a Canadian value and bilingualism as a leadership skill in the federal public service.
Logo of Francofièvre
2006

The Coalition for the Promotion of the French Language and Francophone Culture in Saskatchewan is created

It launches Francofièvre to give Saskatchewan youth an exciting experience in French.
2006

The federal government decides to eliminate the Court Challenges Program

Official language minority communities mobilize in the wake of the decision.
Hôtel du Parlement du Québec, 1977
2006

The Quebec Policy on the Canadian Francophonie is adopted

The policy seeks to give Quebec a coordinating role and commits the province to taking concrete actions to support Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities.
François Boileau
2007

The appointment of a French Language Services Commissioner marks a turning point in Ontario

On August 1, François Boileau becomes Ontario’s first French Language Services Commissioner.
2007

The Federal Court of Appeal confirms that Air Canada violated Part IV of the Official Languages Act

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against two Federal Court decisions regarding a violation of Part IV of the Official Languages Act and compensation awarded against Air Canada.
Radio Radio in concert
2007

The Estates General on Arts and Culture in Acadian Society is held in New Brunswick

These meetings will lead to the adoption of the Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture into Acadian Society in New Brunswick.
Sign Yukon Larger than Life
May 15, 2007

May 15 is proclaimed as Yukon Francophonie Day

The territorial government commemorates the historical contribution of Francophones over the past 200 years in Yukon.
June 28, 2007

L’empreinte francophone is unveiled in Alberta

The monument is created in honour of Franco-Albertans.
2008

A new Language Rights Support Program replaces the official languages component of the Court Challenges Program, which had been eliminated in 2006

The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne reaches an agreement with the federal government on the creation of a new program.
New Brunswick Legislative Assembly
2008

New Brunswick plans to abolish early French immersion programs

Protests from New Brunswickers make the province reconsider its decision.
2008

Quebec City celebrates its 400th anniversary

The celebration also commemorates 400 years of a permanent French presence in North America.
Logo of the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques
2008

The Centre de la francophonie des Amériques opens in Québec City

The Centre’s mission is to connect the 33 million Francophones in the Americas.
Landscape of Whitehouse (Yukon)
2008

The Festival du solstice debuts in Yukon

Whitehorse hosts this unique Francophonie-themed event full of activities and shows.
2008

The Government of Canada announces the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future

In December 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asks Bernard Lord to conduct Canada-wide consultations on linguistic duality in order to update the Action Plan for Official Languages, which is due to expire in 2008.
Collège de l'Île's logo
2008

The Société éducative de l’Î.-P.-É. becomes Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.

The Société is officially recognized by the government of Prince Edward Island as a publicly funded post-secondary institution.