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Horizontal Initiative: Action Plan for Official Languages Lead Department(s): PCO
Start Date: Spring 2003 End Date: Spring 2008
Total Funding Allocated: $ 751.4 million
Description: The Action Plan is a Federal Government policy statement which reiterates obligations under the Official Languages Act and announces a number of initiatives which aim at the enhancement and promotion of linguistic duality. The Action Plan directly involves 10 federal institutions that have received funds for sectoral programs and activities related to official languages (OL).

The implementation of the Action Plan is a component of the wider Official Languages Program (OLP) as it has been defined and approved by the Committee of Deputy Ministers on Official Languages (CDMOL) in December 2004.

Shared Outcome(s): Three levels of outcomes have been identified: Ultimate, Intermediate and Immediate results.


  • Canadians enjoy the benefit of linguistic duality; live and work in communities that reflect Canadian values with respect to the use of English and French, and have access to government services in the language of their choice  


  • Increased proportion of Canadians are aware of the benefit of linguistic duality and have access to the services that support it
  • Enhanced capacity of Canadians, English-speaking in Quebec and French-speaking across Canada to live and work in vibrant communities in their language of choice  


  • Increased participation in and improved access to education and learning in support of linguistic duality
  • Improved access to health and social services in the language of choice
  • Enhanced cultural activities in support of Canadian identity
  • Strengthened community economic development and language industries
  • Enhanced community vitality
  • Linguistic duality is reinforced in the institutions of Canadian society and reflected abroad
  • Federal institutions respect the Official Languages Act (OLA) and the Constitution
  • Improved access to justice in both languages.
Governance Structure(s): The Minister responsible for Official Languages has specific responsibility for the implementation of the Action Plan for Official Languages. The Official Languages Branch (OLB) of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) at PCO is responsible for supporting the Minister and the Deputy Minister of IGA in the horizontal coordination of the Official Languages Program, including implementation of the Action Plan. The OLB supports the activities of the Committee of Deputy Ministers on Official Languages, a forum that allows senior management in departments most directly involved to take action and to advise on current issues related to official languages. The OLB also supports the Group of Ministers responsible for Official Languages to ensure consistency between the interests of official languages communities and the Government's policy direction, and to build bridges between the regions, provinces and territories and the federal government.

Federal Partners

Names of Programs

Total Allocation

Planned Spending for 2005-2006

Expected Results for 2005-2006

1. Canadian Heritage a) Education
  • Minority language
  • Second language
  • Language bursary program
  • OL Monitor program
$ 381.5 M $ 94.0 M Help minority language communities to: improve their capacity to live and participate fully in society in their language; access education, programs and services in their language and in their area.
b) Support to communities
  • Minority communities
  • Intergovernmental cooperation
$ 33.5 M $ 9.0 M
2. Treasury Board Secretariat / Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada a) Exemplary public service
  • Investing in innovation
  • Centre of Excellence
$ 28.5 M $ 6.4 M Help federal institutions integrate official languages in service delivery and use in the workplace; encourage inter-ministerial cooperation in order to improve the linguistic situation in regions; and solve recurrent issues linked to official languages services to the public and in the workplace.
3. Treasury Board Secretariat / Canada School of Public Service a) Exemplary public service
  • Rebuilding Capacity
$ 36.1 M $11.9 M Help federal institutions integrate official languages in service delivery and use in the workplace.
4. Health Canada a) Support to communities
  • Networking
  • Training & retention
  • Primary Health Care Fund
$ 119.0 M $ 36.0 M Provide to official language minority communities improved access to health services; and improvement of the health system as a whole. In 2005-2006, activities of coordination, training, recruitment and research will be pursued as well as the linguistic training of health professionals with a view to providing official language minority communities with enhanced access to health services; the community health networks, which provide a venue for better decision making, will continue the exchange of information on health related issues and foster partnerships, and primary health care projects will be implemented to address the needs identified by both official language minority communities.
5. Social Development Canada (SDC) a) Support to communities
  • Pilot projects for child care
  • Develop NGO capacity
$ 14.6 M $ 5. 7 M Obtain evidence on the benefits of enriched child and family literacy services; enhance the knowledge available to child care industry in order to improve services. New knowledge created and shared to promote dialogue on child care needs. New networks created and existing networks strengthened to promote communications on the issues and solutions to respond to the needs of families in official language minority communities.
6. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) a) Support to communities
  • Literacy
$ 7.4 M $ 1.5 M Expand HRSDC's family literacy programs and services to ensure greater access to learning opportunities and to relevant, effective learning materials for minority language communities.
b) Economic development
  • Internships
$ 7.3 M $ 1.7 M Provide youth with the opportunity to acquire skills and precious work experience.
7. Industry Canada a) Economic development 
  • Outreach and counselling
  • Internships
  • Pilot projects
  • Francommunautés virtuelles
$ 33.0 M $ 7.5 M Maintain strong relationship with communities; create new applications for on-line tele-learning and tele-training projects; increase communities' participation to programs.
b) Language industry
  • Creation of l'Association de l'industrie de la langue / Language Industry Association (AILIA)
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Language Technologies Research Centre
$ 20.0 M $ 4.0 M   To help the Language industry strengthen its strategic directions; create linkages among partners; continue building capacity to respond to demand; Work with partners on creating a sustainable succession plan for La Relève. Develop and access national and international markets.
8. Justice Canada a) Accountability and Coordination Framework $ 2.5 M $ 0.5 M Ensure recognition of linguistic rights; re-enact legislative texts. Improve access to justice in both official languages
b) Support to communities 
  • Legal obligations
  • Access to justice
$ 45.5 M $ 9.5 M
9. Citizenship and Immigration Canada a) Foster immigration to Francophone minority communities
  • Attract, welcome and integrate immigrants within Francophone minority communities
$ 9.0 M $ 2.0 M Implement the two-year action plan; elaborate a five-year Action plan; support promotion and awareness activities; support initiatives to increase the capacity of communities to welcome newcomers.
10. Privy Council Office a) Action Plan Implementation and Accountability and Coordination Framework  $ 13.5 M $ 4.5 M Implement Horizontal Results-Based Management and Accountability Framework; hold Stakeholder consultations with Ministers and senior officials; coordinate and strengthen the Official Languages Program.
$ 751.4 M
$ 194.2 M
  Results to be achieved by Non-Federal Partners (if applicable):

The delivery of the Official Languages Program depends in part on the participation of partners who conduct activities on behalf of the federal government. These partners involve provincial and territorial governments and many stakeholders who are directly involved at the community level including community organizations, parents groups, professional associations, etc.

The Horizontal Results-Based Management and Accountability Framework (HRMAF) outlines the activities of these partners and the Mid-term Report, to be tabled in the Fall of 2005, will provide further detail.

The Official Languages Program will build on existing partnerships to ensure that progress continues in a collaborative spirit.

Contact: Anne Scotton, PCO Approved by: Anne Scotton, PCO Date Approved:
Jan. 11, 2005