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The OL Connection: December 2020

Save the date! 2021 Best Practices Forum in Official Languages

The Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat are pleased to invite you to the Best Practices Forum on Official Languages, which will take place on March 3, 2021.

The Forum will be open to all Public Service employees and this year’s theme will be diversity and inclusion.

On the agenda are two virtual talks organized in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: A discussion on the tools developed to create a linguistically safe and inclusive workplace.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: A discussion on leadership in the promotion of English and French.

In parallel, various online activities will be organized throughout the week, including the presentation of various kiosks and videos presenting best practices. More details to follow in early 2021.

We invite you to contribute to this event in your own way:

  • Have you developed an innovative initiative that could be showcased?
  • Did you produce a video on the theme of official languages that could be featured?
  • Would you like to reserve a virtual kiosk to present your best practices that could be useful to other organizations?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please fill out this form and email it to before January 11, 2021. Your material could be selected and showcased during the Forum. Of course, you are welcome to take full advantage of this learning activity without presenting an initiative or reserving a kiosk.

Bilingual Meetings

Virtual meetings and teleconferences have been established as the new norm in both the private and public sectors this year. Everything from team meetings to large-scale events moved from auditoriums and meeting rooms to phone lines and cameras.

How can we continue to promote, support and encourage the use of both official languages under these circumstances?

Here is a list of easy-to-implement best practices to help support bilingualism during meetings and events.

How does your organization balance the use of both official languages during virtual meetings? Why not use the tips above during your next meeting or event? What were the results? Let us know in the discussion on GCcollab!

Looking for tips and infographics to support bilingual meetings?

Browse through resources on the Language Portal of Canada!

Bootcamp on Official Languages

In September 2020, the Official Languages Centre of Excellence launched the Bootcamp on Official Languages. This short but comprehensive course was developed to equip Persons Responsible for Official Languages with the knowledge necessary to effectively implement official language programs within their institutions.

Have you registered yet? If your organization has not already identified and registered a participant, please complete this survey to initiate your registration.

Based on the very positive and helpful feedback from Bootcamp participants, we continue to improve the delivery of the course. We thank past participants for their feedback, and we look forward to sharing case studies with you to support continuous learning on official languages issues. Stay tuned for more!

Do you have questions about the Bootcamp?

Please e-mail us at

Did you know?

There are 2 main types of French spoken in Canada: Laurentian French and Acadian French.

Canadian French contributed to the creation of a unique language: Michif. The Métis people developed this language, which combines features from French and Indigenous languages, primarily Cree. Michif is unusual in that the nouns are generally derived from French and the verbs are derived, for the most part, from Cree.


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The OL Connection – Past Editions

October 2020
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2018-2019 Annual Report on Official Languages
Bilingual Meetings
Bootcamp on Official Languages

August 2020
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September 10 is Linguistic Duality Day!
Consultation: Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations

July 2020
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Toolbox for the Official Languages Maturity Model (OLMM) exercise: do you have tools and best practices to share?
Guide on official languages and telework
Assessment of official languages in the appointment process
Contacting the Official Languages Centre of Excellence

May 2020
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Guide to Non-Imperative Staffing
Expansion of Public Service Commission measures
Best Practices on the promotion of English and French
A new COVID-19 Pandemic Lexicon