Opening up a world of opportunities

Learning and speaking English, French on the job has its benefits
By Diego Salmon
|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.