Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

May 18, 2006 17:00 ET

'A sharper view', Research for Official Language Community Vitality

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 18, 2006) - The Commissioner of Official Languages, Dr. Dyane Adam, today released a study entitled A Sharper View: Evaluating the Vitality of Official Language Minority Communities.

The study provides an overview of existing knowledge about community vitality and brings together ideas and concerns of community representatives, researchers and governments. "The continuous collaboration among these three groups is vital: the synergies they create lay the groundwork for communities to flourish," noted the Commissioner.

The release is especially timely, given the recent reinforcement of the Official Languages Act. In supporting the changes to the Act, the government has made a commitment to supporting and encouraging the development of official language minority communities. "As every federal department and government agency is gearing up to meet its renewed obligations toward official language communities, this study will help them to better understand their role and the way they might work with their partners," added Dr. Adam.

"The government must contribute to research on vitality and integrate findings into its policies and programs to ensure that minority communities enjoy the same benefits as majority communities," indicated the Commissioner. This knowledge is also central to community empowerment, allowing them to use best practices and lessons learned to more strategically orient their development.

Evaluating community vitality is a complex, but necessary endeavour. "To achieve more targeted action and tangible results for Canadian society, a consistent approach to vitality based on the use of indicators must be adopted," concluded Dr. Adam.

This release, the study and the summary are posted on our Web site, at: www.ocol-clo.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
    Robin Cantin
    Manager, Media Relations
    (613) 995-0374
    1-877-996-6368
    robin.cantin@ocol-clo.gc.ca