Departmental Network of Coordinators Responsible for the Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act

The Departmental Network of Coordinators Responsible for the Implementation of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act (OLA) is one of the pillars of the implementation of Section 41 of the OLA within the Department of Justice Canada. Administered by the Justice in Official Languages Team, the Network is made up of Regional Coordinators and Program and Policy Coordinators.

What is Section 41 of the Official Languages Act?

In accordance with Section 41 of the OLA, the Government of Canada is committed to enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting their development; and fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society. Also, every federal institution, including the Department of Justice Canada, has the duty to ensure that positive measures are taken to fulfill this commitment, while respecting the jurisdiction and powers of the provinces.

Read Part VII of the Official Languages Act

Regional Coordinators

The Regional Coordinators are lawyers in the Department of Justice Canada, part of whose duties is to see that Section 41 of the Official Languages Act is implemented in each region. They work in close collaboration with the Justice in Official Languages Team, the Department's Program and Policy Coordinators, as well as their counterparts in the other departments in their respective regions. They must also establish close ties with community organizations.

As Regional Coordinators, they mainly participate in activities for raising awareness, inter-departmental networks in their regions and events organized by community organizations.

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Program and Policy Coordinators

Program and Policy Coordinators are in charge of coordinating the implementation of Section 41 of the OLA within their respective initiatives. Their role as Coordinators is, among other things, to ensure liaison with official language minority communities across Canada, in collaboration with the Regional Coordinators, and to establish ties with the other Program and Policy Coordinators.

The following initiatives and programs make up the Network:

Programs

  • Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund
  • Contraventions Act Fund
  • Family Violence Initiative
  • Justice Partnership and Innovation Program
  • Canadian Family Justice Fund
  • Victims Fund
  • Youth Justice Fund

Policy

  • Communications Branch
  • Criminal Law Policy Section
  • Evaluation Division
  • Family Law and Policy Unit
  • Intergovernmental and External Relations Division
  • Legal Aid Program
  • Policy Centre for Victim Issues

Members

National Coordination

Justice in Official Languages Team

Regional Coordinators

  • Alberta
    To be confirmed

  • British Columbia
    Wendy Divoky
    Deputy Director
    Business and Regulatory Law Services
    British Columbia Regional Office

  • Manitoba
    Jean-Daniel Boulet
    Counsel
    Aboriginal Law

  • Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
    Kim Duggan
    Legal Counsel
    Civil Litigation and Advisory

  • Ontario
    Diane Dagenais
    Deputy Regional Director and Senior Counsel
    Immigration

  • Quebec
    Suzanne Trudel
    Counsel
    Quebec Regional Office
    Immigration Law Directorate

  • Saskatchewan
    Daryl Schatz
    Regional Director
    Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio
    Prairie Region

  • Northwest Territories and Nunavut
    Alexandre Larouche
    Deputy Regional Director General
    Northwest Territories Office

  • Yukon
    Alex Benitah
    Regional Director
    Yukon Office

Program Coordinators

Policy Coordinators

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