Official languages resources
The year 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first Collection of Official Languages Resources. In 2011, Wayne G. Wouters, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, and Michel Roy, then Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions (the Council), announced this initiative to share best practices by consolidating the resources and practices developed and tested by federal institutions. Updated regularly, this collection has been an important reference tool for a decade. However, we have taken the opportunity to be innovative and to rethink this exercise by bringing together the official languages resources of federal institutions in a new one-stop shop: the Official Languages Hub®.
The Official Languages Hub®, launched in 2019, follows on a recommendation in the report entitled The next level: Normalizing a culture of inclusive linguistic duality in the Federal Public Service workplace, the objective of which is "to establish an 'OL: What Works' portal for the Public Service to coordinate the dissemination and exchange of best practices and intervention tools that are currently in use." The search engine, housed on the Language Portal of Canada (an initiative of the Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada), allows users to simultaneously search a wide range of official languages resources.
Initially, the Official Languages Hub® included only the resources of the seven federal institutions that participated in the first phase of the project. Stéphan Déry, Chair of the Council, and Lucie Séguin, then Chief Executive Officer of the Translation Bureau, announced that, as a result of the collaboration of the Language Portal and the Council, the Hub now includes contributions from across the Government of Canada. We are proud of this innovative initiative, which provides one-stop access to a wide range of official languages tools, resources and best practices. We encourage you to discover, replicate and implement them in your organizations in order to properly equip your employees and promote a true culture of bilingualism.
The Council intends to continue exercising its mobilizing role and promoting the official languages success stories of all federal institutions. We therefore encourage you to continue sharing your achievements and best practices with us. The Language Portal and the Council will work together to include them in the Official Languages Hub®.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to participating institutions for their valuable contributions. We are now counting on the collaboration of the entire official languages community to promote the Official Languages Hub® within the Government of Canada! All of the necessary messages and communications tools are included in the Hub's promotional kit.
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