Access to the proposed sites is free, but you must have a user account. Access to these sites may vary depending on your browser (for example, Internet Explorer 6 does not support all the sites). You must make sure that your browser is up to date. In addition, depending on which sharing method you have chosen, some characters (accented letters, apostrophes or other symbols) in the title of the page you are recommending may be displayed incorrectly or missing. You will need to make these corrections yourself before recommending the page to your contacts.
Note: No e-mail or personal information will be retained. For more information on privacy policies and practices that apply to the Language Portal of Canada, see the Government of Canada Privacy Statement.
Social bookmarking allows you to save your favourite links on the Internet through social bookmarking sites such as Google Bookmarks or Reddit. These sites offer many advantages. You can:
access your favourite links from any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet;
search your favourite links easily using the keywords (commonly called "tags") you assign to each link;
share your favourite links with an Internet community;
discover the favourite links of other Web users who share your interests.
Social bookmarking sites are usually free, but you must subscribe to use them. Social bookmarking is also known as collaborative tagging, social classification and social indexing.
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To exchange ideas with other members, you can post messages to your personal page, send e-mails and instant messages or share files.
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 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
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.
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).
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.