Youth and students

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a variety of tools and resources for Canadian youth and students. These tools can be used in various subject areas, such as learning French or English as a first or second language, social studies and history.

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need on official languages.

Official Languages in Canada: 150 Years of History

Browse through our timeline to discover—or rediscover—the milestones that have marked the history of linguistic duality in Canada since 1867.

Where to start: Origami game

There are many ways to make French and English a part of your life. Maybe this origami game will inspire you to do something in French!

Make English a part of your life: Download the English origami game in PDF (2.09 MB)

Make French a part of your life: Download the French origami game in PDF (2.08 MB)

Colouring pages – Winter Games: Print, colour and learn

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a fun bilingual, printable colouring book consisting of 13 winter sports. Print, colour and learn the names of each sport in English and French.

Download the Winter Games colouring pages in PDF (2.25 MB)

Colouring pages – Summer Games: Print, colour and learn

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a fun bilingual, printable colouring book consisting of 15 summer sports. Print, colour and learn the names of each sport in English and French.

Download the Summer Games colouring pages in PDF (1.60 MB)

Exploring Canada’s official languages with posters

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed fun, educational tools to help increase awareness of Canada’s official languages (English and French). Our posters are the perfect complement to any learning environment and offer subtle access to names of professionals and marine animals in both English and French.

Free “Bilingualism at Work” poster, featuring both of Canada’s official languages

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a fun poster called “Bilingualism at Work.” The poster is 47 cm x 74 cm, a perfect size for classrooms and children’s play areas or bedrooms. The poster illustrates a vibrant community setting with 15 great professions and their titles in English and French, to help learn the names in both of Canada’s official languages. The Bilingualism at Work” poster is free, including shipping costs.

Free “Marine Life” poster, featuring both of Canada’s official languages

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada has developed a beautiful Marine Life” poster to help you and your students, children or colleagues explore the hidden wonders of the sea. The poster features 21 sea creatures that live beneath the ocean. It is the perfect size for any learning environment: 47.5 cm x 70.5 cm. The “Marine Life” poster is free, including shipping costs.

Beyond Words – Canada’s official languages e-newsletter

Beyond Words is a great on-line resource featuring a wide range of topics related to Canada’s official languages and how Canadians make use of their two official languages. Subjects include arts and culture, languages of the world, current events, history and second-language learning.

Official languages in Canada – Statistics

How many people speak English in Canada? How many French-speaking Canadians are there? How many are bilingual? If you cover questions like these in class, the statistics section of our website is a valuable source of information. We also have data on the first official language of Canadians in the provinces & territories.

One Charter, Two Languages, A Thousand and One Voices

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages developed a teaching guide archived for secondary teachers along with a video archived where young adults share their thoughts on linguistic duality.

Date modified:
2020-06-15