Mandate 

The Official Languages Act states that English and French are the two official languages of New Brunswick and that they have equality of status and equal rights and privileges.

The Act recognizes that members of the public have the right to receive provincial government services in the official language of their choice. It establishes an Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and provides for the appointment of a Commissioner.

The Act gives the Commissioner the mandate to investigate complaints from members of the public with respect to official languages and services provided by government institutions. Following an investigation, the Commissioner can make recommendations on improvements or corrections to be made in order to ensure compliance with the Act. These recommendations, including any opinions and reasons for the recommendations, will be communicated to the Premier, to the senior officials of the institutions concerned, and to the complainant. Investigations can be carried out pursuant to a complaint or on the Commissioner's own initiative.

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Mandate 

The Official Languages Act states that English and French are the two official languages of New Brunswick and that they have equality of status and equal rights and privileges.

The Act recognizes that members of the public have the right to receive provincial government services in the official language of their choice. It establishes an Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and provides for the appointment of a Commissioner.

The Act gives the Commissioner the mandate to investigate complaints from members of the public with respect to official languages and services provided by government institutions. Following an investigation, the Commissioner can make recommendations on improvements or corrections to be made in order to ensure compliance with the Act. These recommendations, including any opinions and reasons for the recommendations, will be communicated to the Premier, to the senior officials of the institutions concerned, and to the complainant. Investigations can be carried out pursuant to a complaint or on the Commissioner's own initiative.

The Commissioner's mandate covers only services provided by government institutions, Crown corporations, third parties offering services on behalf of the Province, the province's courts, policing services, cities, municipalities with an official language minority of least 20% of the population, regional health authorities, and planning commissions and solid waste commissions serving an area with an official language minority of at least 20% of the population.

The Commissioner does not have the jurisdiction to entertain and investigate complaints with respect to the private sector.

The Commissioner also has the mandate to promote the advancement of both official languages in the province.

Michel A. Carrier, Q.C.
Commissioner


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Learners will understand the role played by New Brunswick's Commissioner of Official Languages.

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