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The Department of Finance and Treasury Board French-language Services Plan is prepared pursuant to chapter 26 of the Acts of 2004, the French-language Services Act and Regulations.
Message from Deputy Minister
I am pleased to present the 2016-2017, French-language Services Plan for the Department of Finance and Treasury Board. The Department’s French-language Services Plan is prepared pursuant to chapter 26 of the Acts of 2004, the French-language Services Act and Regulations.
The Acadian and Francophone community is an integral part of the social fabric of Nova Scotia. The Department of Finance and Treasury Board is committed to supporting efforts of development, delivery and expansion of quality government services in French for Nova Scotians. The department’s goal is to ensure that Nova Scotians can access important departmental information in French and participate in departmental consultations in French. The department is pleased to work in partnership with Acadian Affairs and other departments to improve the services we offer.
We look forward to the opportunities and challenges of fulfilling our plan. We encourage you to take a few minutes to review this plan, and we welcome your feedback. We thank our staff and our partners for their efforts in implementing this plan for all Nova Scotians.
Responding to French Requests
The Department of Finance and Treasury Board makes reasonable efforts to respond to verbal French inquiries in French when possible through previously identified French-speaking staff, and ensures that written French inquiries are responded to in French, usually using the translation services of Communications Nova Scotia. The Department currently has no employee positions designated as requiring proficiency in French; however, a French-language point-of-contact has been identified and communicated to staff.
Various Nova Scotia tax services are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency, and all those services are available directly from the source in either French or English.
French Language Services Inventory
French speaking departmental staff provide verbal French-language communication services, when available and on a “best effort” basis. If these services are not sufficient to meet the needs of the particular situation, the direction of Acadian Affairs are sought if related to translation services, Communications Nova Scotia are sought.
Written French-language communication and translation services are provided through Communications Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia's personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, and harmonized sales taxes are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). All associated forms and correspondence are available through CRA in either French or English.
Although Nova Scotia provides its own statistical reports and publications, this data is provided to Statistics Canada for use in Federal / Provincial and Territorial statistical publications. All publications and reports prepared by Statistics Canada are available in either French or English.