About the Language Portal of Canada
From: Translation Bureau
Read a description of our main resources, and find out how our resources are funded and how to contact the language team.
On this page
- Who these resources are for
- How to get started
- How to cite the Language Portal of Canada
- How we’re funded
- Contact the Language Portal of Canada
Who these resources are for
The Language Portal of Canada is for you—all Canadians who want to improve their language skills.
- Are you just starting to learn English or French?
- Do you need basic or expert writing help?
- Are you looking for just the right term?
- Would you like to test your language skills?
- Are you looking for Indigenous languages resources?
We have high-quality language resources just for you.
How to get started
With so many resources, it can be difficult to know where to start. Don’t worry! We’ve created some tools to help you:
In addition, we've provided some quick tips below for the main sections of the Portal:
Use Language Navigator
Use Language Navigator when you need writing help. It’s a search engine designed to search many of our resources at one time.
Do I need a comma after the year in a date?
comma after year
Do I use affect or effect?
How do I write a 10-digit telephone number?
Go to Language Navigator.
Use TERMIUM Plus®
Use TERMIUM Plus® to find the official translation of a term in another language, the definition of a term, and a wealth of other useful information. It’s a huge data bank of over 4 million terms, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
What is selfie in French?
What is nanotechnology?
What is the postal abbreviation for Saskatchewan?
Go to TERMIUM Plus®.
Use the Official Languages Hub®
The Official Languages Hub® is a tool that allows you to simultaneously search a wide variety of official language resources from various Government of Canada departments and agencies. You can find information on a variety of subjects, such as learning, official language minority communities, second language evaluation, service delivery and the promotion of official languages.
To learn more about how to search for content in this tool, see the page How to use the Official Languages Hub®.
Watch the interview with Lucie Séguin, Chief Executive Officer of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Translation Bureau, who talks about the second phase of the Official Languages Hub®.
Go to the Official Languages Hub®.
Read the Our Languages blog
Check out this section to read and comment on posts written by language lovers and to find out how you, too, can became a guest blogger for the Our Languages blog!
Go to the Our Languages blog.
Take some quizzes to test your knowledge!
We create quizzes on all sorts of topics:
- grammar and syntax
- style and writing
- general language knowledge
The quizzes are short, and you get the answers and explanations right away.
Go to Quizzes.
Explore the collection of Canadian language resources
Use this section to find links to resources from across Canada.
We have organized them for you into the following categories:
- writing resources
- glossaries and dictionaries
- Indigenous languages
- language learning
- organizations and events
Go to our Collection of Canadian language resources.
How to cite the Language Portal of Canada
When you reuse articles, quizzes or content from other sections of the Portal, you must clearly indicate the source as follows:
Source: Language Portal of Canada, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada, http://www.canada.ca/our-languages.
However, you must request permission to reuse the following content:
- posts on the Our Languages blog
- pages from writing tools to which we hold only the publication rights, i.e. HyperGrammar2, Juridictionnaire, Dictionnaire des cooccurrences, Le Rouleau des prépositions and Les mots du droit.
How we’re funded
The Language Portal of Canada is funded through the Action Plan for Official Languages.
Consult the Annual Report on Official Languages 2019–2020 to find out what actions the Government is taking with regard to official languages.
Contact the Language Portal of Canada
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you.
- Toll-free telephone number:
- 1-855-997-3300 (Canada and the USA)
- Local telephone number:
Translation Bureau—Language Portal Division
9-70 Crémazie St
Gatineau Québec K1A 0S5
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