About us

Created on August 28, 2003, the Council is a horizontal organization of the Government of Canada within which departments, agencies, Crown corporations and regional federal councils all work together. It provides a voice for the community of official languages champions, which includes 215 members.

The Council is comprised of twenty-five members, including fifteen official languages champions, three regional representatives, representatives from four organizations that play a key role in official languages (the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Department of Justice Canada, the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat), as well as representatives from three key partners (the Federal Youth Network, the Human Resources Council and the National Managers' Community).


To be a valued partner that promotes a culture of bilingualism within the public service and celebrates diversity through the use of English and French.


Act as an agent of influence for official languages within the Government of Canada and mobilize deputy heads and official languages champions, with the aim of promoting common approaches and ensuring that official languages are a top-of-mind issue at the senior management level.


Debbie Beresford-Green
Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions
Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services Branch
Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada

Stéphan Déry
Vice-Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions
Chief Executive Officer, Translation Bureau
Public Services and Procurement Canada

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