The Impact of the Helms-Burton Act on Canadian Companies Operating in Cuba

(Disponible en français : Les répercussions de la loi Helms‑Burton sur les entreprises canadiennes qui font des affaires à Cuba) On 11 July 1996, the United States (U.S.) Department of State informed Sherritt International Corporation, a Toronto-based company with significant operations in Cuba’s resource and energy sectors, that its senior executives and their immediate families…

The official languages regulatory framework: reviewed and amended

(Disponible en français : Le cadre réglementaire pour les langues officielles, revu et corrigé)  Chronology The Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations (the Regulations) establish the criteria for designating which federal offices and points of service must offer services in both official languages. In the fall of 2016, the federal government…

Executive Summary – Language Regimes in the Provinces and Territories

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Régimes linguistiques dans les provinces et les territoires) In Canada, language is an area of shared jurisdiction between the various levels of government. Although the federal government has established its own support measures, it relies on the provinces and territories to help ensure the nationwide recognition of both official languages.…

Executive Summary – Official Languages in the Federal Public Service

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Les langues officielles dans la fonction publique fédérale) The purpose of the Official Languages Act (OLA) is to ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada. Pursuant to the OLA and to regulations and current policies, federal institutions are guided by certain fundamental principles that help them ensure the equality of status and use of these two languages in their internal operations, among their employees and in their interactions with the public. The OLA sets out…

Executive Summary – The Federal Lobbying System: The Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Le système de lobbying à l’échelle fédérale : La Loi sur le lobbying et le Code de déontologie des lobbyistes) The preamble to the Lobbying Act states that free and open access to government is an important matter of public interest, that lobbying public office holders is a legitimate activity, that it…