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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Quebec tech firms warn new language rule could hurt recruitment, wear economy

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Key takeaways: 

  • Heads of some Quebec firms signed an open letter requesting for Bill 96 to be postponed.
  • Lloyd Segal, the president and CEO of Repare Therapeutics, is a signatories to a note requesting the Quebec government to postpone the enactment of Bill 96. 

The leaders of dozens of Quebec-based technology firms are alerting Premier François Legault that the region’s new language rule, known as Bill 96, will make it hard to draft talent and risks doing “tremendous damage to the area’s economy.”

Bill 96 was embraced last month and aimed to reinforce Quebec’s language laws with new and extended business rules, harsher punishments for violations, and limitations on who can access certain government services in English.

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The leaders of dozens of Quebec-based technology firms are alerting Premier François Legault that the region’s new language rule, known as Bill 96, will make it hard to draft talent and risks doing “tremendous damage to the area’s economy.”

One part of the law specifies that immigrants who have been in Quebec for six months or more will be able to access most government services in French.

In a letter posted Tuesday, more than 30 executives called on Legault and the region to slow the implementation of Bill 96 until better French-language support, such as tutoring, is available for workers.

Source – cbc.ca

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