AGSEM's Statement on Bill 96

On May 24th, 2022 the National Assembly of Quebec adopted “Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec.”


AGSEM recognizes Bill 96 may raise questions and concerns among those living in Quebec, including students, teachers, immigrants, indigenous communities, and others.


While the union respects the important heritage of the French language in Quebec, we believe the freedom of education, especially at the post-secondary level, should be a fundamental right irrespective of one’s family heritage. As a workers’ union, AGSEM is concerned the bill may affect working conditions for teaching staff across the province.


As the debate on Bill 96 polarizes Quebec society, a lot of misinformation has been spread in recent weeks and months. AGSEM encourages its members to educate themselves on the new bill. The original text of Bill 96 can be found here.


If you are a Teaching Assistant or an Invigilator and have questions or concerns about Bill 96 please contact us.


We also invite you to voice your opinion by attending the special FNEEQ-CSN Federal Council on September 8th, 2022 in Trois-Rivières. The council will discuss Bill 96 and vote on FNEEQ’s official recommendations on the language policy in the education sector in Quebec, including the issue of language of instruction.


All current AGSEM members are welcome to attend the congress, but early registration is required. The union plans to send a delegation of up to 10 members to the special council. If you are interested in being a delegate to this council, please email the AGSEM Communications Officer at communications.officer@agsem-aeedem.ca by July 31, 2022.