An Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick

Assented to July 17, 1981

Chapter Outline

(1) Recognition of English linguistic community and French
linguistic community and affirmation of equality
of status and equal rights of each

(2) Protection of the equality of status and equal rights and
privileges of official linguistic communities

(3) Promotion of cultural, economic, educational and social
development  

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick acknowledges the existence of two official linguistic communities within New Brunswick whose values and heritages emanate from and are expressed through the two official languages of New Brunswick; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick desires to recognize the equality of these official linguistic communities; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick seeks to enhance the capacity of each official linguistic community to enjoy and safeguard its heritage for succeeding generations; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Read More

An Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick

Assented to July 17, 1981

Chapter Outline

(1) Recognition of English linguistic community and French
linguistic community and affirmation of equality
of status and equal rights of each

(2) Protection of the equality of status and equal rights and
privileges of official linguistic communities

(3) Promotion of cultural, economic, educational and social
development  

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick acknowledges the existence of two official linguistic communities within New Brunswick whose values and heritages emanate from and are expressed through the two official languages of New Brunswick; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick desires to recognize the equality of these official linguistic communities; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick seeks to enhance the capacity of each official linguistic community to enjoy and safeguard its heritage for succeeding generations; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick desires to affirm and protect in its laws the equality of status and the equal rights and privileges of the official linguistic communities; and

WHEREAS the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick desires to enshrine in its laws a declaration of principles relating to this equality of status and these equal rights and privileges which shall provide a framework for action on the part of public institutions and an example to private institutions;

THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:

1 Acknowledging the unique character of New Brunswick, the English linguistic community and the French linguistic community are officially recognized within the context of one province for all purposes to which the authority of the Legislature of New Brunswick extends, and the equality of status and the equal rights and privileges of these two communities are affirmed.

2 The Government of New Brunswick shall ensure protection of the equality of status and the equal rights and privileges of the official linguistic communities and in particular their right to distinct institutions within which cultural, educational and social activities may be carried on.

3 The Government of New Brunswick shall, in its proposed laws, in the allocation of public resources and in its policies and programs, take positive actions to promote the cultural, economic, educational and social development of the official linguistic communities.

N.B. This Act is consolidated to March 31, 1998.


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Learners will understand what is included in the New Brunswick Official Languages Act

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