Official Languages Commissioner: licensing exam puts prospective Francophone nurses at disadvantage

New Brunswick's Official Languages Commissioner says nursing licensing exams in the province are putting Francophones  at a disadvantage.

Katherine D'Entremont found the New Brunswick Nurses Association violated language rights by adopting the test she says 'clearly puts Francophone candidates at a disadvantage', after receiving a pair of complaints back in 2016.

Since the test was adopted in 2015, D'Entremont says the success rate of those choosing to take it in French has been steadily declining.

Her report, released on Wednesday, suggests the problem lies in the test's translation and a lack of resources for prospective nurses despite two earlier independent reviews that found the translation to be of 'satisfactory' and 'good' quality.

D'Entremont is recommending the exam be translated by an authorized translator and that the association take the necessary measures to comply with the Official Languages Act, giving it until September 4th to report back to her.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)