Bilingualism Is a Failure in Canada

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The Failure of Bilingualism in Canada Bilingualism can be defined as "the ability to speak two languages, the frequent use (as by a community) of two languages or the political or institutional recognition of two languages" (merriam-webster dictonary). In Canada, the recognition of two languages, namely English and French, came in 1969 under the Official Languages Act, which was later revised in 1988. While the federal and provincial governments’ attempts to provide support for English and French in Canada, bilingualism is a failure because based on the most recent statistics, it is on a decline and many Canadian citizens believe it no longer plays a significant role in today's society. The Official Languages Act in Canada is passed at the federal level. The purpose of the Act is to ensure respect for English and French languages, to give both languages an equal status and to support its development. All across Canada, in federal institutions, Canadians are able to receive services in either English or French. Even in communities where French and English linguistics is a minority. This strategically resulted in increasing employment opportunities for bilingual Canadians in all federal institutions (The History of Bilingualism in Canada). Also, the federal government put in place the Official Languages in Education Program, where provinces and territories will get funding by the government for providing instruction in a second language, for example French immersion education (The History....). In addition, in 1974, the government passed the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act where all consumer products sold in Canada has to be labeled in both official languages (The history...). Although the federal and provincial governments are taking action in promoting bilingualism, some of their actions can have a negative effect. For example, in Montreal the…...

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