In 2022, the Government of Quebec passed An Act Respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Quebec (formerly Bill 96). The legislators who enacted this law sought to better protect French in the province.
The new law affects several old laws, including the Charter of the French Language. The new law affects education, health care, the courts, workplaces and newcomers to Quebec.
Quebec’s legislators also intended the law to limit the use of English in certain settings. The law soon prompted protests and court challenges from English-speaking Quebeckers and others.
Bill 96 became law on June 1, 2022, but some aspects of the law came into effect this year, on June 1, 2023.
What has changed? What should people expect?
Jacob Serebrin of the Canadian Press reports:
Joe Lofaro of CTV News reports:
Laura Marchand of CBC News reports (in 2022):
In Reason, Fiona Harrigan writes:
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