Planctus is a mobile application that facilitates the preparation and submission of complaints to the various competent authorities in Canada, such as the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, the Ontario Ombudsman, the Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, and the City of Ottawa’s French Language Services Branch, to name just a few. In total, planctus allows you to submit complaints to 12 different competent authorities whose mission is to protect your language rights.
Did you know? The Latin word “planctus” means a beat, or the sound made by the thing that is beating. In medieval times, a planctus was also an elegiac literary and musical genre by which to express our grief and our grievances. It is related to the verb plangere, the etymological source of the word “complaint”.
The University of Ottawa’s Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights (the Research Chair) was created in 2018 and awarded to Professor François Larocque of the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). The objective of the Research Chair is to advance critical thinking about the legal frameworks that protect Canada’s official language minority communities and make a tangible contribution to the development of rights in this area. Although the Research Chair is generally concerned with the legal protection of official languages, it will focus primarily on the language rights of Francophone minority communities outside Quebec and the protection of indigenous languages.
Two areas of activity: research and action
Visit the Research Chair’s website to learn more about its projects and activities.
your right to receive
services in the
official language of your
a problem that
the people responsible
were not aware of
governments and institutions
about the requirements of
the applicable language laws,
regulations and policies.
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