FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are invited to participate in public consultations on the review of the Official Languages Act and improving second language learning, as announced today by the two commissioners responsible for the review, Judge Yvette Finn and John McLaughlin.

“As commissioners, our role is to review the Official Languages Act and to find ways to improve second language learning in New Brunswick,” said Finn. “We will have the opportunity to consult with people and organizations in the province on these two important aspects of our linguistic landscape.”

New Brunswickers will be able to consult a website to find information about the process and to participate in the consultations by completing a questionnaire or submitting comments and suggestions. Written comments can also be sent by email to bilingualNBbilingue@gnb.ca or by mail to: Bilingual NB, P.O. Box 5658, Caraquet, NB E1W 1B7.

The deadline to participate in the public consultation is Aug. 31.

To further explore ideas and suggestions, the commissioners will meet virtually with various target groups, organizations and people who wish to discuss and share their thoughts.

“We look forward to hearing what the people of New Brunswick and stakeholders have to say during the consultation,” said McLaughlin. “New Brunswick can be proud of its unique status as the only officially bilingual province in the country, as bilingualism contributes to the cultural, social and economic growth of our province.”

To conduct the review, Premier Blaine Higgs announced on Feb. 26 the appointment of two commissioners to oversee the review process, consult with the public and key stakeholders and consider their suggestions. The commissioners have also been asked to make recommendations on both aspects of their mandate in a report to be submitted to the government by Dec. 31. Their report will be made public.