Gender-based Analysis Plus in Canada

(Disponible en français  : L’analyse comparative entre les sexes plus au Canada) From 29 May to 2 June 2017, the Government of Canada will hold its 6th annual Gender-based Analysis Plus Awareness Week. The Government of Canada uses Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to examine the impact of legislation, policies, programs and budgetary measures on diverse…

Official languages: modernizing the regulatory framework

(Disponible en français : Les langues officielles : vers une modernisation du cadre réglementaire) Renewed focus on the offer of services in French across Canada Clearly the past 15 months saw an unprecedented renewal of focus on the offer of French-language services across Canada. In October 2015, for the first time in its history, the…

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Moving Forward

Following 25 years of negotiations, in a landmark vote of the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007, 143 countries voted to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. For many of the world’s Indigenous peoples, the Declaration represents a major turning point in the recognition and protection of their…

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Diversity in Canada: Evolving patterns in immigration

Immigration has played an increasingly critical role in the shaping of Canada’s population. A variety of factors, including policy developments, have led to important changes in the composition of the immigrant population over time. As a result, the nation’s linguistic diversity, racial diversity and religious diversity have all been on the rise. These trends show…

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Changes in the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Sector

In 1993, the last year there was a major revision of the Telecommunications Act, telecommunications consisted mostly of voice communication over landlines. At that time, revenue for wireless communications amounted to just over 6% of the revenue for landline (or wireline) communications; today, wireless revenue has grown to almost 150% of that for landline. While…

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An Economic Strategy for the International Francophonie

International Francophonie Day is celebrated every March 20, the date on which the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) was created. While it has essentially been a cultural, educational and social community since the beginning, La Francophonie has always considered the importance of reinforcing an economic dimension. At the 15th Francophonie Summit held in Dakar…

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Update – Women in Canada’s Parliament

In 1921, Agnes Macphail was the first woman to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons and the only woman to serve in the 14th Parliament. In 1930, Cairine Wilson was sworn in as Canada’s first female senator. These female trailblazers opened the doors of Parliament to future generations of Canadian women. Since then, Canadian…