An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec
The adoption of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, has raised some questions in the business community. This law states that the only official language of Quebec is French. Therefore, to comply with the requirements of the law, adjustments must be made without delay.
The legislative changes impact companies and organizations doing business in Quebec, i.e., having employees in Quebec and/or serving customers in Quebec.
Companies that fail to comply with the requirements risk significant penalties. Each day of violation is a separate offence:
Directors and executive officers are also subject to fines. It should be noted that with this law, the inspection and investigation powers of the Office québécois de la langue française have been significantly increased.