- Ontario's Government will propose amendments to Bill 57, The Restoring Trust, Transparency, and Accountability Act to create the position of French Language Services Commissioner, under the auspices of the Office of the Ombudsman, to maintain independence in conducting investigations and, as part of that, make recommendations to improve the provision of French language services and encourage compliance with the French Language Services Act.
- It will be recommended to the Lieutenant Governor that the current Office of Francophone Affairs become the Ministry of Francophone Affairs. In this role, the Minister would be empowered to advocate for Franco-Ontarians and the delivery of French language services.
- The Office of the Premier will hire a senior policy advisor responsible for Francophone Affairs.
The government will continue to take action to restore accountability and trust to Ontario's finances in order to protect the services accessed by Ontarians every day, including our Franco-Ontarian community, like health care and public education.
- The current wording of Bill 57 reads: The Deputy Ombudsman, French Language Services may exercise the powers and perform the duties of the Ombudsman under this Act, subject to the direction of the Ombudsman. The proposed changes to the Act would remove the title “Deputy Ombudsman” and replace it with “French Language Services Commissioner”. The amendments will also mandate the appointment of the French Language Services Commissioner and ensure that the position is occupied by a Francophone.