1980 – 1989

All events for 1980 – 1989
1980

Prince Edward Island amends its School Act

The amended School Act reflects the provisions of section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, officially adopted in 1982.
1980

Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education creates the French Education Branch

The Branch is responsible for establishing and improving French-language education programs.
Archive picture of the Festival "On s'garroche à Batoche"
1980

The Fête Fransaskoise is created

This event was inspired by the 1979 celebration called “On s’garroche à Batoche!”
Franco-Manitoban flag
1980

The Franco-Manitoban flag is unveiled

The flag’s design was chosen in a provincial competition organized by the Conseil jeunesse provincial.
Parliament Building
1980

The first federal parliamentary committee exclusively responsible for studying official languages issues is created

In 1980, this committee includes members of the Senate and the House of Commons.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1980

The Saskatchewan branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the fifth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
1981

New Brunswick adopts legislation recognizing the equality of both official languages

The Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick is passed.
Frobisher Bay on December 2005
1981

Hockey fans in the North form a group to get Montréal Canadiens games broadcast in French

In the 1970s, Bell Canada had recruited a number of French-speaking Quebecers to build the infrastructure needed in Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories (now Iqaluit, Nunavut).
1981

Nova Scotia adopts a new Education Act

The new Education Act is passed, giving Acadians in Nova Scotia the right to be provided with French first-language education.
Government of Manitoba's logo
1981

The Government of Manitoba creates the French Language Services Secretariat

The Secretariat facilitates, guides and monitors all government department activity concerning French-language services.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1981

The Manitoba branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the sixth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Logo of the National Program for the Integration of Both Official Languages in the Administration of Justice
1981

The National Program for the Integration of Both Official Languages in the Administration of Justice is created

This program focuses on improving access to justice in both official languages.
1982

Alliance Quebec is created

Alliance Quebec is formed to advocate for the province’s English-speaking community.
Picture of one of the first carnaval
1982

An Alberta winter festival celebrates French-Canadian culture and tradition

The Carnaval de St-Isidore is a unique opportunity for English- and French-speaking residents and visitors to celebrate Franco-Albertan culture.
Franco-colombien's Flag
1982

A new flag flies over British Columbia’s French-speaking communities

Raymond Lemoine, principal of École des Pionniers in Maillardville, designs the winning entry in a 1981 contest to create the new Franco-Columbian flag.
1982

The report entitled Towards Equality of the Official Languages in New Brunswick is published

The Poirier-Bastarache report describes the findings of a New Brunswick task force on official languages.
1982

Yukon Francophones form the Association franco-yukonnaise

The Association works with its partners to create and develop the services, activities and institutions needed in order for Yukon’s French-speaking community to remain dynamic.
Franco-Albertan flag
March 6, 1982

The Franco-Albertan flag flies for the first time

Jean-Pierre Grenier wins the design competition organized by Francophonie jeunesse de l’Alberta.
Signing of the Constitution
April 17, 1982

The Constitution is repatriated and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is adopted

The Government of Canada repatriates the Constitution and entrenches the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms within it.
Association des parents fransaskois's logo
1983

Fransaskois parents mobilize for the right to govern French-language schools in Saskatchewan

Along the way, they found the Association des parents fransaskois.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1983

The Newfoundland and Labrador branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the seventh provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1983

The Quebec branch of the Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the eighth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Franco-Fête's logo
1983

Toronto’s Franco-Fête is created

The event used to be called Semaine Francophone (French Week).
Aurore Boréale newspaper's logo
1983

Franco-Yukonnais newspaper L’Aurore boréale is founded

The bi-monthly publication reports on Yukon’s current events and is the main source of communication within the territory’s French-speaking community.
D’Iberville Fortier
1984

D’Iberville Fortier is appointed as the third Commissioner of Official Languages

Commissioner Fortier believes that official language minority communities need better protection.
1984

A French-language school opens its doors in Newfoundland and Labrador

École Sainte-Anne is the first French-language school in the province.
Logo of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador
1984

The first Jeux d’hiver franco-labradoriens are held

This sporting and cultural event is an initiative by the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1984

The Nova Scotia branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the tenth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
Sign for government-run eye clinic in Yellowknife, with all 11 official languages of the Northwest Territories
1984

The Northwest Territories passes its first official languages legislation

The Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories adopts the Official Languages Ordinance, giving English and French equal status in government services.
1984

The Ontario Court of Appeal rules that proposed restrictions on minority language education and minority language school boards are unconstitutional

In response to four questions referred by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that the proposed amendments to the Education Act—which would place restrictions on the beneficiaries of rights under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, give school boards greater discretion in determining whether to provide French-language schools and instruction, restrict the section 23 “where numbers warrant” test and impose territorial limitations on school boards that would affect rights holders—were unconstitutional.
Canadian Parents for French logo
1984

The New Brunswick branch of Canadian Parents for French is founded

It is the ninth provincial/territorial branch of the Canadian Parents for French network.
1984

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its first decision regarding minority language education under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that parents who received instruction in English in Canada have the right to send their children to English-language schools in Quebec.
L’Acadie nouvelle’s logo
June 7, 1984

New Brunswick’s independent French-language newspaper, Acadie Nouvelle, publishes its first edition

The first copies of the paper are delivered in 1984, and readership is still growing.
Le Gaboteur's logo
October 5, 1984

The first edition of Le Gaboteur, Newfoundland and Labrador’s French-language newspaper, hits the newsstands

The newspaper’s name is a derivation of the nautical term “caboteur” (or “coaster” in English), which means a ship that travels along the coast from port to port, bringing news and supplies.
Troupe du jour's logo
1985

La Troupe du Jour arrives on the scene in Saskatchewan

La Troupe du Jour is the only professional French-language theatre company in the province.
1985

The Committee of Deputy Ministers on Official Languages is created

The Committee’s mandate is to coordinate the management of the government’s official languages priorities and programs.
1985

The Supreme Court of Canada declares all of Manitoba’s legislative documents to be invalid because they were adopted in English only

In order to avoid a legal vacuum, the Court grants the province a period during which the statutes will remain valid.
1986

Quebec passes a bill to provide its English-speaking citizens with health care and social services in their language

Section 15 of the Act respecting health services and social services recognizes the right of English-speaking Quebecers to receive health care and social services in their language.
Franco-Ontarian Flag
1986

Ontario passes the French Language Services Act

The French Language Services Act guarantees many language rights for Franco-Ontarians.
1986

Ontario’s High Court of Justice rules that publicly funded minority language educational facilities are warranted in Penetanguishene

Ontario’s High Court of Justice ruled that under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, rights holders are entitled to receive education in their language that is of equal quality to that which is provided to the majority.
Logo of the Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques
1986

The Centre fransaskois de ressources culturelles et pédagogiques is founded

This Centre is the result of the efforts of Collège Mathieu’s executives.
The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag
1986

The Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag is adopted

The three unequal panels of red, white and blue represent the community’s French origins.
The Franco-Yukonnais Flag
1986

The Franco-Yukonnais flag shows its colours for the first time

The flag’s colours are blue, gold and white.
Aquilon newspaper's logo
1986

The newspaper L’Aquilon hits the stands in the Northwest Territories

The newspaper covers Franco-Ténois news and is a source of social, cultural and political information.
1986

The Supreme Court of Canada adopts a restrictive approach to the way in which language rights are considered

The Court renders its decisions in the MacDonald, Société des acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick and Bilodeau cases.
1986

The first Summit of La Francophonie is held in Paris

Canada is represented by the federal government and the provinces of Quebec and New Brunswick.
TFO's logo
1987

French-language channel La Chaîne hits the airwaves

The French arm of TVOntario changes its name to TFO in 1995 and becomes independent in 2006.
Franco-Manitoban flag
1987

The first États généraux de la Société franco-manitobaine is held

The report, which was submitted in 1988, focused on the major concerns in seven sectors: education, services, culture-heritage-leisure, media, youth, economy and the Francophone community’s internal and external relations.
François Mitterrand, Brian Mulroney and Robert Bourassa, at a press conference during the summit in Québec City.
1987

The 1987 Summit of La Francophonie in Québec City

Québec City plays host to the second-ever international Summit of La Francophonie.
TV5 Canada's logo
1988

Canada joins TV5

TV5 is the international French-language television channel.