Increase in the number of French-related complaints to the Office québécois de la langue française this year
Sunday, November 06, 2011
From here in French:
The number of registered complains at the Office québécois de la langue française has grown by 24% compared to the year before. There was a total of 3661 compiled complaints between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 throughout Quebec. These complaints include infractions on public and commercial displays, productions, on commercial documentation and services. Those about displays/signs were the most numerous, making up 26% of cases.
However, Martin Bergeron from the OQLF is not alarmed. "This is normal for us. Usually the number of complaints per year varies between 2500 and 3000, so we're a bit above the norm." For him there are a number of factors explaining the increase. "There are French defense groups who sometimes want their members to make these complaints. Also, whenever there are reports in the media they will increase a short while after."
Montreal is to nobody's surprise the area with the largest number of complaints, at 33% of the total. The second place, well behind Montreal, is les Laurentides, with 8.5%.