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About the Portal

To learn more about who we are, what we do, and what our goals are, click on About the Portal. You can also familiarize yourself with our editorial guidelines, and much more.

Note that the Language Portal of Canada has a parallel French language site—the 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.

Site Map

Information on the layout of this Web site can be found in our Site Map.


Consult the FAQs page to find answers to questions that are frequently asked about the Language Portal of the Government of Canada.

What's new

What's New? provides you with information on the latest changes or additions to the site. You can also subscribe to our E-mail Notification Service or to our RSS Feed to be notified automatically when new content is added to the Portal.

Contact Us

Our Contact Us page can help you find the most convenient way to get in touch with us.


To navigate this site, you can use the Search function or consult our Site Map, where you can find a list of the pages making up this Web site.

Accessibility Message

While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accessibility of this Internet site, some content or services found here may not be accessible to some visitors. If you have any problems with access, contact us by email at:

Terms and conditions

If you have any questions about copyright, privacy, official languages, etc., go to Terms and conditions.


Any personal information collected electronically is protected under the Privacy Act.

The Internet is a public forum and electronic information can be intercepted. This is not a secure Web site. Please do not disclose unnecessary confidential information about yourself.

Alternative Formats and Plug-ins

Information throughout this Web site is provided in HTML as the primary format. In some cases, other software formats are provided as alternatives. To open these alternate formats, you may need to download and install one or more of the following on your computer:

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Some of the pages available on this Web site are electronic versions of documents that were originally designed for printing. These documents may also be available for download in PDF format so that you can view and print them with virtually the same graphics, typography and layout as the original version.

Before you can open any of the PDF documents, you will first need to install one of the free PDF reader software programs from the list below.

If you choose not to use a reader, you can have the PDF file converted to HTML or ASCII text by using an online conversion service such as one offered by Adobe online conversion feature.

Media Players (for viewing interactive content)

These Web sites are outside of the control of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and are listed solely for the convenience of our users. PWGSC does not endorse any of the software found on these sites and is unable to provide technical assistance to users who install this software on their computers.

Share a page

You can recommend a page of the Portal by e-mail, social bookmarking Go to note 1 or social networking Go to note 2 by clicking on the "Share this page" button, which is located in the top right corner of most pages.

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 Terms and conditions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any comments or suggestions about this feature.

Return to note 1Social 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.

Return to note 2 Social networking sites, such as Facebook and Linkedln, are Internet platforms that allow you to interact online and create interconnected Web communities. You can create personal profiles, establish lists of users with whom you have a common connection or establish new relationships. To exchange ideas with other members, you can post messages to your personal page, send e-mails and instant messages or share files.