French Language Services

Introduction

The Nova Scotia Government implemented the French-language Services Act in 2004 and the French-language Services Regulations followed in 2006. The Public Service Commission’s primary corporate contribution in the support of the French-language Services Act is to provide policies and programs in support of all government employees who are responsible for delivering French-language services. All work that the Public Service Commission is doing to support the French-language Services Act will be posted on this website.

French Language Service Plan

In accordance with the French-language Services Regulations, each department within the Government of Nova Scotia must develop an annual French-language Services Plan. The French-language Services Plan highlights the progress achieved during the previous year with respect to the French-language Services Act and outlines our goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Please find the French-language Services Plans for the Public Service Commission below.

New FLS HR Guidelines

The goal of the FLS HR guidelines is to make the recruitment, selection, and retention of employees responsible for the delivery of services to the Acadian and francophone community easier for hiring managers, HR representatives, and FLS coordinators. The guidelines are intended to be flexible and adaptable to individual organizations, while providing departments with a consistent approach to HR planning that supports the French-language Services Act and regulations.

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Act, departments continuously work to increase the quality and quantity of services they provide in French. Since the inception of the Act, significant progress has been made in the areas of service delivery and the availability of information in French. These efforts need to be supported by government employees with the capacity to deliver French-language services to our citizens. Furthermore, the guidelines are supporting documentation for the Fair Hiring Policy and guidelines.

The specific objectives of the guidelines are:

  • To provide departments with a consistent protocol to guide the management of human resources in relation to French-language services.
  • To provide clarity on how to consider and integrate French-language capacity into departmental human resources planning, i.e. recruitment, selection, and retention.

To view the guidelines please use the link below.

Other Related Information


For further information or assistance contact:

Rima M Thomeh
French Language Services Coordinator
Public Service Commission
5th Floor, 1800 Argyle Street,
Halifax
Nova Scotia
B3J 3N8

Tel: (902) 424-3052
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