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French Language Charter draft regulations provides more clarity but questions remain

French language charter - Bill 96

An eagerly awaited draft regulation intended to yield guidance on amendments introduced by Bill 96 to the Charter of the French Language sheds light on certain areas but raises additional questions, is more restrictive, has more onerous requirements and risks alienating some sectors of the business world, according to legal pundits.

The draft Regulation to amend mainly the Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business, released nearly 18 months after Bill 96 amendments to the French Charter received royal assent, mainly deals with the public display of trademarks and French language labelling of products, but also touches on adhesion contracts and commercial documents.

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This story was originally published in Law360 Canada.

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