Opening up a world of opportunitiesLearning and speaking English, French on the job has its benefitsBy Diego Salmon06/15/2015|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2015 In 1969, Canada recognized both English and French as its official languages. Former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau declared it “a testament to Canada’s rich diversity of temperament, viewpoint and culture” and said it enabled the “full use of the skills and energy of all its citizens. Canada will be more interesting, more stimulating and, in many ways, richer than it has ever been and much better-equipped to play a useful role in the world of today and tomorrow.”A few months later, the federal government also launched the Official Languages in Education Program, providing funding for second language and minority language instruction in both official languages. Since then, new programs have been implemented to encourage individuals to learn both official languages. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.