Canada Culture #8

Note: Stop signs in Ontario are in English.

Canada is officially a bilingual country, speaking both English and French. New Brunswick is the only official bilingual province, and Quebec has declared itself officially unilingual (French only).

Example of Inuktitut language.

Other languages officially recognized in some provinces in Canada are Inuktitut in Nunavut and eight indigenous languages in the Northwest Territories which are: Chipewyan, Cree, Gqich’in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey, and Tłįchǫ.

Because of Canada’s bilingual languages, “all mandatory information on food labels must be shown in both official languages, i.e., French and English” (CFIA) and every governmental institute must offer bilingual service.

Here are a few examples of labels on the food we buy from our grocery store. It would be very helpful tool if we were learning French.

The opposite side of the cereal box is in English.

(The opposite side of the cereal box is in English).


One Comment on “Canada Culture #8

  1. I haven’t been out in blog land much lately . . . been wanting to come by and see your new blog. I love WordPress. I looked around just a bit – it looks great! I saw the fall leaves you guys have – I just love true fall. I have leaves from New England that I’ve saved for years. It’s so dry here from drought tat everything’s turned colors simply because it’s too dry and maybe even dead. Saw Jordann’s blog through your link on the sidebar. She has a great blog too. Take care! Love, Jenn

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