Law 96: College Instruction in the Minority Language
Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, was proposed to the National Assembly on May 13, 2021. It was sponsored by Coalition Avenir Québec MNA, M. Simon Jolin-Barrette, who at the time served as Minister Responsible for the French Language1 (Assemblée Nationale du Québec). The bill proposed several amendments overhauling the Charter of the French language, colloquially known as Bill 101, which had received royal assent in 1977. The stated purpose of Bill 96 was a renewed focus on strengthening the use of French–Québec’s sole official language– in all spheres of public life. Among other elements, the bill involves establishing francization frame- works in the workplace, as well as specifying Québec’s role in expanding and promoting francophone and Acadian communities, both within Canada and abroad (Bill 96 3). The bill received royal assent on June 1st, 2022, becoming Law 96.
Being considered in this brief are Law 96’s amendments to the 1977 Charter of French with regard to college instruction in English. These impose certain expectations and limitations on college-level instruction in the minority language as the Charter did to primary and secondary instruction in the minority language in 1977.
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Rengel, Fernanda. Law 96: College Instruction in the Minority Language. Youth for Youth Québec (Y4Y Québec), February 2023.
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