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BMO recognized by the Office québécois de la langue francaise for French language in the workplace

May 16, 2023 | Culture, Recognition

BMO has been recognized by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) for promoting French in the workplace and ensuring that French language and culture are valued within the company. 

Since 1990, the OQLF has awarded the Mérites du français distinction to individuals and organizations that promote French language in the workplace, commerce and/or information technology, or that contribute to its enhancement in culture. 

The French language is a major asset for our company, as it allows us to communicate effectively with our French-speaking clients, employees and partners. The bank is committed to Zero Barriers to Inclusion and maintains high standards in terms of communication to our customers and employees. We take pride in our diversity but also celebrate the unique qualities of the communities we serve and always work together to ensure we are setting a high standard.

– Victor Pellegrino
Regional President, Personal and Business Banking, BMO Quebec and Eastern Ontario

BMO’s French language practices   

Founded in Montreal, BMO has always recognized and respected the importance of the French language. French is ingrained in BMO’s history and culture and is critical to our success.  

“BMO is proud of our Francophone roots and celebrates the French language throughout our organization. Inspired by our Purpose to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, we continue to take steps that promote progress and build on our momentum. Our ongoing commitment to ensuring that the French language thrives at BMO is a long-standing principle at the bank, and one we are proud to maintain.”

– Miada Neklawi
Chair, BMO Francization committee

With last June’s passing of Bill 96 in Quebec, which aims to further strengthen the use of French language in the province, we are taking steps to raise the already high standards by which we integrate French into our business.    

We are committed to building on BMO’s deep tradition of celebrating the French language and recognizing its importance to the culture and fabric of Québec, Canada and BMO.  

The Francophonie represents over 320 million people worldwide and 20 per cent of global trade. The significant economic and cultural presence of Francophones internationally is therefore an important strength in the business world, and collaboration and bridge-building between communities are essential to the development of these business ties. At BMO, we are very proud to continue honouring the linguistic and cultural diversity that has been an integral part of our heritage for over 205 years and counting.

– Grégoire Baillargeon
BMO President, Québec

The Mérites du français award

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