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Language rights protect the rights of individuals and groups to choose which language(s) they use in private as well as in public interactions, such as legal, health, educational or political access to information and services. Language rights are also a tool of identity, and an important social determinant of health. Many nations, including Canada, may not deliberately discriminate against minority languages or those not deemed not to be the “official” ones, but if broader language access is not strategically enabled, organizations and individuals end up being excluded and discriminated against based on their language comprehension and fluency.

While advocacy for equality of access for ALL languages does not have a long history in Canada, worldwide efforts to promote universal linguistic rights while monitoring the state of minority and indigenous languages has been ongoing for fifty years (Minority and Indigenous Trends, 2019). The constantly changing and evolving views on “language access“, influenced by migration patterns and technology, has been developing against a historical trend of tying language to national identity and borders.

Here in Canada, the recently co-developed National First Nations, Inuit and Métis Languages Act (Bill C-91) that recognized the rights of Indigenous languages not only expanded our national conversation around “official languages”, but also challenged the status quo to reimagine what access in all other languages carried by the waves of immigration to Canada since 18th century onward could be.

The idea of a Language Advocacy Day in Canada was largely inspired by the efforts of the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL), which has hosted National Language Day in Washington, DC for over 40 years, and is currently supported solely by the MCIS Language Solutions Social Benefit Fund.  The core team LACC team is grateful to a number of organizations, including early partners such as those listed below who have been providing a continuous support to this initiative.


Alongside our local network of 30+ organizations and businesses that signed up to actively support the initiative, we work with a range of partners who, like us, are passionate about building a more inclusive and accessible Canada.
Through joint publishing, research and resource sharing, we look for ways to help our partners contribute to shared agendas. 


Contact us to learn more about how to get involved.

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Ethnicity Matters

Ethnicity Matters: A team of cultural marketing experts bringing brands to new Canadian buyers.

The National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada is Canada's public film and digital media producer and distributor. An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB produces and distributes documentary films, animation, web documentaries, and alternative dramas.

Glendon College, York University

Glendon College is a public liberal arts college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Formally the federated bilingual campus of York University, it is one of the school's 9 colleges and 11 faculties with 100 full-time faculty members and a student population of about 2,100.

Knowledge Equity Lab

The Knowledge Equity Lab is an inclusive, trans-disciplinary, experimental space. Based at the Centre for Critical Development Studies at UTSC, it is an incubator for a community of practitioners advancing knowledge equity, centering marginalised and under-represented knowledge-makers as a means of social justice and change.

Global Coalition for Language Rights (GCLR)

Supports, global efforts towards increasing access to critical information/services, equal digital representation beyond language barriers and fights for proactive responses to social, educational, economic and environmental challenges that include not only speakers of mainstream, Indigenous and underrepresented languages.

The 519

From refugee settlement to counseling, The 519 serves the people of Toronto by supporting happy, fulfilling LGBTQ2S lives.

New Canadian Media

New Canadian Media provides nonpartisan news and views representing all Canadian immigrant communities. The views expressed on this site are those of the individual writers and commentators, and not necessarily those of New Canadian Media.

Battista Smith, Migration Law Group

Our Toronto-based immigration lawyers believe that migration is a fundamental freedom and that immigration barriers to Canada should exist only when necessary. Canadian diversity is our strength, and immigrants are welcomed to Canada.

Joint National Committee on Languages (JNCL)

Language news, policy analysis, advocacy alerts. Members driven. We speak language policy to power.


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