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French Fact: Bilingual Canada

Canadian Parliament BuildingDid you know that Canada has two official languages? They are English and French. The Official Languages Act states that:
“the Constitution of Canada provides that English and French are the official languages of Canada and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada.”
Across the country English speaking students spend some of their time learning French and French speaking students spend some of their time learning English. Canadian students also have much more opportunity to develop their second language skills in everyday life, since both French and English can be seen on labels, road signs, and government websites and literature.

Just for fun, get a printable copy of Canada’s food guide in French here:
Guide alimentaire canadien

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