Designation of Additional Areas: amendment to Ontario Regulation 407/94
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
French Language Services Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Francophone Affairs proposes to add the City of Sarnia to the list of designated areas under the French Language Services Act. The proposed amendment to the regulation has been requested by the Francophone community of Sarnia and is supported by the Mayor of Sarnia and the member of the Provincial Parliament representing this area.
If approved, this designation would come into force three years from the date of designation to allow ministries time for French-language services capacity building. After the three-year period, any member of the public who requests provincial government services has the right to be served in French in any head office of a provincial government ministry or agency located in or that serves this area.
The Ministry of Francophone Affairs and the Ministry of Transportation have agreed to extend the regulation's effective date to eight years from the date of designation, but only with respect to the installation of bilingual electronic signage on highway 40 and highway 402.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There are no impacts to regulated entities, including profit and not-for-profit business, municipalities, and the Broader Public Sector, if the City of Sarnia is designated. All costs to ensure the delivery of government services and programs in French resulting from the city's designation under the French Language Services Act will be wholly funded by the Province of Ontario.
March 10, 2021
Comments Due Date:
April 26, 2021
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