March 30, 2023

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Official languages ​​| PSAC says the bilingual bonus will be increased from $ 800 to $ 1,500

Official languages ​​|  PSAC says the bilingual bonus will be increased from $ 800 to $ 1,500

(Montreal) The Trudeau government has just introduced its version Official Languages ​​ActThe main union of federal civil servants is asking for an increase in the bilingual bonus if he wants to show his seriousness in the matter.

Posted yesterday at 2:12 p.m.

Leah Lewesk
Canadian Press

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is demanding an increase in the bonus for bilingual civil servants from $ 800 in the early 1990s to $ 1,500.

“If the government really wants to support official languages, it must increase the bonus,” PSAC appealed to its members in a communication.

Introduced by Ginet Petitpass Taylor, 1, Minister of Federal Official Change the version of the Official Languages ​​Act, which specifically provides for the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​to be empowered to impose financial penalties in certain circumstances.

The reform also stipulates that the Francophone immigration policy must have goals and objectives that must be achieved.

It also stipulates that legal liabilities in terms of official languages ​​are also prevalent in emergencies – errors in terms of information to the public at the height of the COVID-19 epidemic have been observed.

PSAC believes Bill C-13 “lacks the necessary teeth” to ensure French survival in Canada and to promote bilingualism in the Federal Public Service.

The Alliance reported that due to the pandemic and remote meetings, many operators were not transmitting information to participants in the two official languages ​​of Canada.

PSAC consulted with its members and 21% of Francophones reported that they could not express themselves in the language of their choice during meetings – which they considered “unacceptable”.

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The Alliance argues in its message to its members that “in order to create a bilingual, dynamic and diverse federal public service, all staff must be able to work in the language of their choice and be encouraged to do so.”

In Quebec, the Public Service Alliance is affiliated with the FTQ.