The Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) applauds the adoption of Bill C-13, which modernizes the Official Languages Act (OLA). Prior to Bill C-13, the OLA, which ensures that Canada’s two official languages are promoted and protected, has not seen major reforms since 1988.
The modernized OLA will strengthen opportunities for Canadians to learn their second official language, protect institutions in official language minority communities across the country, and further the protection of French in Canada. CASLT is also pleased that the modernized OLA acknowledges the importance and rights of Indigenous languages in Canada. We will continue to advocate for federal support for Indigenous language revitalization.
Learning a second or additional language brings many benefits, from cognitive to intercultural to economic. Canada must continue on the path of promoting official language learning and strengthening support for Indigenous and modern language education for the benefit of individuals, communities, and Canadian society.