Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 143

What is new/changed?

Commissioner's Directive 087 on Official Languages has been deleted and the Standard Operating Practices on Official Languages have been updated. The listing of offices having official languages obligations will be posted separately from the SOP through a hyperlink, to facilitate periodic updates required under the Official Languages Act. The Standard Operating Practices provide information on official languages services that must be offered to offenders and to members of the general public.

For more information on the language of work, you may refer to the Treasury Board policy.

Why was the policy changed?

Some institutions and parole offices have been added to or removed from the list as a result of changes in the numerical composition of the linguistic minorities. Newly opened institutions and offices have also been added to the list.

What is the purpose of the change?

To ensure that staff and offenders are aware of the modifications to the policy.

How was it developed?

Consultation took place with employee representatives (USGE, PIPS, SSEA, APSFA) the Regional Official Languages Coordinators and Treasury Board representatives.


SOP 087 clearly outline official languages accountabilities in conjunction with CD 068 on Delegation of Authorities in Human Resource Management.

Who will be affected by the policy?

CSC staff and offenders are all affected by the policy.

Expected cost?

No new costs are expected.

Other impacts?


For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.