About the Language Portal of Canada

Read a description of our main resources, and find out how our resources are funded and how to contact the language team.

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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:

Using 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.

Example 1

Your question
Do I need a comma after the year in a date?

Your search
comma after year

Example 2

Your question
Do I use affect or effect?

Your search
affect effect

Example 3

Your question
How do I write a 10-digit telephone number?

Your search
telephone numbers

Go to Language Navigator.

Using 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.

Example 1

Your question
What is selfie in French?

Your search
selfie

Example 2

Your question
What is nanotechnology?

Your search
nanotechnology

Example 3

Your question
What is the postal abbreviation for Saskatchewan?

Your search
Saskatchewan

Go to TERMIUM Plus®.

Visit 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.

Playing quizzes

Take some quizzes to test your knowledge!

We create quizzes on all sorts of topics:

  • grammar and syntax
  • punctuation
  • spelling
  • style and writing
  • vocabulary
  • general language knowledge

The quizzes are short, and you get the answers and explanations right away.

Go to Quizzes.

Using 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 we’re funded

The Language Portal of Canada is funded through the Action Plan for Official Languages.

Contact the Language Portal of Canada

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you.

Email

noslangues.ourlanguages@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

Telephone

Toll-free telephone number:
1-855-997-3300 (Canada and the USA)
Local telephone number:
819-997-3300
Fax:
819-997-1993
Teletype:
1-800-926-9105

Address

Translation Bureau—Language Portal Division
9-70 Crémazie St
Gatineau Québec K1A 0S5

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