French language requirements in the province of Québec

The official language in Québec is French. The Charter of the French Language (the Charter) guarantees French language rights and requires the use of French in business situations. Given the broad scope of the Charter, this analysis will only touch upon some of the Charter’s highlights and is not intended to be exhaustive. Since there could be a language component in any Québec business transaction, each such transaction merits an analysis of the Charter’s impact. Provisions of the Charter are of public order. However, the Charter also provides certain exceptions to its general application.

More in this section:

  • Contracts
  • Labour relations and collective agreements
  • Product labelling
  • Public signs and posters, and commercial advertising
  • Corporation names
  • Francization of business
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