Close to 95% of Quebecers know French, and more than 83% speak it at home. The official language since 1974, French is used in most day-to-day activities: public life, work, administrative services, justice, education, business and commerce.
The Charter of the French Language, adopted in 1977, focuses on promoting French in Québec. It defines the status of the language and sets forth linguistic rights. For instance, the Charter guarantees the right to work in French, the right to education in French, and the right of consumers to be informed and served in French. The Charter also ensures the protection and promotion of French, while respecting Québec Anglophones, Allophones and Aboriginal people.
The Office québécois de la langue française ensures that French is the normal and everyday language of work, communication and commerce. As the main agency seeing to the application of the Charter, the Office is responsible for Québec policy on linguistic officialization.
Québec is considered one of the most active members of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), which comprises 70 member states and governments. Québec initiatives in the sphere of international Francophonie are inspired by the OIF's areas of focus: