71% of Quebec anglophones believe Bill 96 will hurt their financial well-being

A plurality of francophones believe Bill 96 will have a positive economic impact on their family.

According to a study by the Angus Reid Institute on Bill 96, 71% of anglophones in Quebec believe that the bill will have a negative impact on their personal financial well-being. This is in sharp contrast to francophones, where just 14% say the same.

Bill 96, or “An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec,” as it’s known legislatively, was introduced by the CAQ on May 13, 2021 in order to strengthen the French language in the province.

One of the more controversial measures proposed by Bill 96, the implementation of stricter French requirements for companies in Quebec with more than 25 employees, is supported by just 8% of anglophones and 85% of francophones.

A plurality of francophones (46%) believe Bill 96 will have a positive economic impact on their family.

“Older generations of francophones remain the most convinced that Bill 96 will have a positive impact (47%), while 46% of those aged 18 to 34 believe it will have no impact on them at all.”

—Angus Reid Institute
71% of Quebec anglophones believe Bill 96 will hurt their financial well-being

The poll also found that 1 in 2 Quebecers believe there are better ways to protect the French language than Bill 96.

This article was originally published on Oct. 23, 2021 and updated on June 7, 2022.


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