Lena Metlege Diab is Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie for Nova Scotia. She is also the Minister of Immigration.
Created in 2004 under the French-language Services Act, Acadian Affairs and Francophonie is the central support organization for the Government of Nova Scotia in the application of the Act. As part of its mandate, it plays several roles, such as advising and supporting the departments, offices, government agencies and crown corporations in order to promote the development and delivery of French services and programs that are adapted to the needs of the Acadian and Francophone community, to create partnerships with Acadian and Francophone organizations and to ensure the recognition of the community.
Overview of the Laws, Policies and Regulations
The French-language Services Act was adopted in 2004. Its aim is to promote the growth and development of the Acadian and Francophone community and to ensure the delivery of services in French by government departments, offices and agencies, crown corporations and designated public institutions. The Act stipulates that each department must appoint a French services coordinator to advise its deputy minister. It also foresees the creation of a French Services Coordination Committee which will be responsible for advising the Minister on the implementation of the Act.
The French-language Services Regulations set out how French services must be implemented in a concrete way, namely through Annual French-language Services Plans that the institutions must develop to improve the services delivered by the province. Schedule A of the Regulations provides a list of the institutions designated under the Act.