44-1: Canada as a Bilingual Country Archives - LawNow Magazine

Other Official Languages in Canada

Canada is known around the world as an officially bilingual country. Federally, French and English share equal status as the “official languages.” The same is true in some of the provinces and territories. What is perhaps not known as widely (in southern Canada, at least) is that there are other official languages in two territories: […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Why is Canada a Bilingual Country?

Canada has two official languages: French and English. We always wonder why. Canada’s two colonizing peoples are the French and the British. They controlled land and built colonies alongside Indigenous peoples, who had been living there for millennia. They had two different languages and cultures. The French spoke French, practiced Catholicism, and had their own […]


Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle
Myrna El Fakhry Tuttle, JD, MA, LLM, is the Research Associate at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Assurer l’éducation en français : les Franco-Albertains et leurs droits linguistiques

See below for English translation. Les droits linguistiques ont toujours été et sont toujours un sujet de discussion important dans de nombreux secteurs de la société canadienne, notamment : la promotion de l’accès aux services gouvernementaux et non gouvernementaux dans les deux langues officielles ; l’accès pour les justiciables à un système de justice sans […]


Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta
Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta
The Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Alberta (AJEFA – French-speaking Legal Professionals Association of Alberta) is a non-profit organization that was created in 1990 to promote access to justice in French in Alberta.

The Constitutional Basis for Bilingualism in Canada

Language is not merely a means or medium of expression; it colours the content and meaning of expression. It is … a means by which a people may express its cultural identity. It is also the means by which the individual expresses his or her personal identity and sense of individuality. – Ford v Quebec […]


Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.

John Rollett
John Rollett earned a BComm at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.

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