Government legislation and services

Federal government


The federal government offers French-language services in some offices. According to Public Service Agency statistics, 2.4 percent of the 3,037 federal public service positions in Newfoundland and Labrador are designated bilingual.

Provincial government


The is no policy on French-language services in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is currently being negotiated, but the process is long despite apparent goodwill.

All provincial government departments and most provincial offices are located in St. John's. In 2006, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the government of Canada initiated a three-year program to improve and implement French-language services. The provincial government has several translation and training services through the Office of French Services (OFS) and the Public Service Secretariat. Since it began, over 1,000 provincial employees completed training in French. A liaison officer works to ensure contact with the Francophone community, and there are French-language programs in over 10 provincial departments. The goal of the OFS is to increase the ability of the provincial government to communicate and offer services in French when needed and to contribute to the development of the Francophone community.

The Office of French Services translates documents from French to English and vice versa. It encourages provincial departments to use its services when they must communicate with Francophones in writing. The Office of French Services also offers French classes to public servants.

Municipalities


Cape St. George is the only municipality which offers some services in French.

Legal services


In accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code, some interpretation services are provided if necessary in criminal cases, and judges have access to French courses. There is no policy on French use in civil law.