Bilingual municipalities. Bilingual status.


BilingualStatus.com was launched in 2013 to mobilize support against Bill 14, which were proposed amendments to the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101). Bill 14, tabled by the minority Parti Québécois government of Pauline Marois, contained numerous provisions that would have had a negative impact on non-francophone communities.

In September 2013, then-Premier Marois announced she would allow the bill to die.

While the movement against Bill 14 is over, the BilingualStatus.com website will remain live as an information resource.

Bilingual status explained.

Since 1977, it has been illegal for Quebec municipalities to, among other things, send a bilingual tax bill, erect bilingual signage, or send a bilingual memo to city workers. An exception was made for some municipalities, which came to be known as bilingual status.

How bilingual status was threatened.

Bill 14 would have allowed for the potential removal of bilingual status from municipalities or boroughs by decree if less than 50 percent of residents are mother tongue English speaking.

 

What we did to protect it.

Cities, towns and boroughs built public support against Bill 14 and lobbied the Quebec Liberal Party and Coalition Avenir Québec to defeat the bill.