Official Languages

Official Languages Committee Mandate

The Ontario Bar Association Official Languages Committee was established in the 1980s with the following mandate:

  • Promote, through the OBA’s advocacy process, professional development programming and other OBA initiatives, equal access to justice in French within the justice system and the legal community in Ontario;
  • Contribute to the advancement of language rights of Francophones in Ontario;
  • Advise the OBA Board on Collaboration with organizations advocating for language rights and equal access to justice in French and lead the OBA collaboration efforts;
  • Inform the public of their language rights in accordance with applicable legislative regimes;
  • Represent the interests of French-speaking lawyers within the OBA; and
  • Support the OBA Council on major language rights issues.

The Official Languages Committee is a Sub-Committee of  the Public Affairs Committee.