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Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (OLA) commits federal institutions to take positive measures to:

  • enhance the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and support and assist their development; and
  • foster the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

Federal institutions subject tothe Accountability Framework for the Implementation of Sections 41 and 42 of the OLA (commonly called “designated institutions”) are required to submit an annual or multi-year action plan as well as an annual report on results to the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Moreover, the reports on results of designated federal institutions are used to produce the Annual Report on Official Languages that the Minister of Canadian Heritage is required to submit every year to Parliament under section 44 of the OLA.