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About the Portal

What is the Portal?

The Language Portal of Canada is a Web site that showcases Canadian expertise in the area of language. It informs readers about Canadian resources that deal with different aspects of language. It offers:

  • free access to language tools online;
  • articles and writing tips, word games and exercises (the Well Written, Well Said section);
  • a collection of links to language-related works and sites (the Discover section);
  • Canadian writing tools and content produced by governments, universities, and others;
  • language-related articles signed by our contributors;
  • information in English and French, and in some Aboriginal languages;
  • and much more.

What are our goals?

Our main goals are:

  • to disseminate and promote language resources developed in Canada;
  • to share and highlight Canadian expertise in the area of language;
  • to help Canadians communicate in both official languages;
  • to support and promote bilingualism.

NOTE: The Language Portal of Canada has a parallel French language site—Le Portail linguistique du Canada. While these Internet sites follow the Official Languages Act wherever possible, their content is not identical. Both sites, however, have the same objective of promoting the use of Canada's official languages, English and French.

Who is the site manager?

The Translation Bureau, a special operating agency of Public Works and Government Services Canada, has created the Language Portal of Canada and is responsible for its development and management. The Translation Bureau thus supports the Government of Canada in its efforts to provide products and services that help Canadians communicate in both official languages.

Our team

Our team includes:

  • a manager to oversee the work;
  • English-speaking language professionals who find and create content for the Language Portal;
  • French-speaking language professionals who find and create content for the Portail linguistique;
  • technicians who are responsible for the design and development of the site as well as its technical maintenance; and
  • a pool of outside contributors who provide content as needed.

Our editorial guidelines for choosing and creating content

In general

  • The Language Portal does not publish any content (an article or hyperlink) in which partisan or controversial comments appear.
  • Articles published in the Language Portal contain no discriminatory or offensive language, particularly with respect to race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  • The Language Portal does not publish any content (an article or hyperlink) that promotes a particular product or service, in accordance with section 23 of the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada. However, it may promote tools, services or products offered by a government agency, a non‑profit organization or a public educational institution.
  • The Language Portal does not post any offers of employment.

Articles

In choosing or creating content for the Language Portal, the editorial team adheres to the following guidelines:

  • Source: Content is designed, created or published by Canadians.
  • Accuracy: Content is factual. The writer or content provider checks facts, statements, figures, etc.
  • Objectivity: The information is presented objectively.
  • Originality: All or a very substantial amount of the content submitted is original, unpublished work.
  • Relevance: Content deals with language-related matters pertaining to the Canadian context.
  • Usage: The writer follows standard usage rules as outlined in reliable Canadian style guides.

Links to Web Sites

In choosing or creating hyperlinks for the Language Portal, the editorial team adheres to the following guidelines:

  • Source: Selected hyperlinks lead to sites, tools or publications that have been designed, created or published by Canadians.
  • Language: The sites and tools listed may be bilingual or unilingual (that is, they have content in one or both official languages, or in an Aboriginal language).

New content

The Language Portal team regularly adds new content and sorts previously featured content by category. Click on What's New? to see our most recent additions to the site.