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The Languages Canada Annual Conference is a meeting place for our member programs - public, private, French and English - and Canadian and international education partners and stakeholders to connect, share, learn, and collaborate on pertinent issues impacting Canada’s language education sector.

Over 300 delegates are expected to attend the 2020 Conference, including owners, directors, program managers, marketing staff and academic leaders from Canadian public and private language education programs; provincial and federal government officials; NGOs; invited international guests; Canadian Trade Commissioners; and other key influencers in the field of international education.


  • 13th Annual Conference
  • The Future in Focus
  • February 23 – 26, 2020
  • Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC

The 2020 Conference will take place in beautiful Vancouver B.C. With its scenic views, mild climate and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as a top-choice tourism and study destination. Vancouver is also one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada with 52 percent of the population speaking a first language other than English. 

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver in 2020! 

The Future is Green! 

Responding to the imperative to reduce our sector’s climate footprint, Languages Canada is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our Annual Conference. In 2020 we will eliminate printed conference programs and delegate kits and will be encouraging all participants to access the program and conference information via our conference app. Conference participants will also be encouraged to offset their carbon emissions for their travel to Vancouver.

For more information on previous editions of the Languages Canada Conference, visit our page from last years conference.








Watch the video from our 10th anniversary conference!

From 1592 to 1774, The Spaniards cruised by as part of their exploration of Canada's west coast. Spain claimed the west coast of North America by virtue of the Treaty of Tordesillas, which occurred in 1494. Their presence is still felt today even though the Spanish felt Friendly Cove at the entrance to Nootka Sound was a better place for a town. The City of Vancouver has a number of streets named after Spaniards: Cordova, Cardero, Valdez and Narvaez.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver arrived. He spent one day, which is long enough to discover the Spanish had already claimed the place and headed off again. During that day, British Captain Vancouver met with Spanish captains Valdez and Galiano and one of Vancouver's best beaches, Spanish Banks is named for the meeting place. That's also the same reason English Bay got its name. Note however, that the Bay is bigger than the Banks and there are a ton more streets in Vancouver named after the British. (There is a Vancouver Street but confusingly, it's in the suburb of New Westminster!)

In 1808, Simon Fraser, an explorer and fur trader, arrived following an overland route from Eastern Canada by a river he thought was the Columbia. Even though he was wrong about his travel plan, the river was still named for him.

Although a very small percentage of Vancouver’s current population is comprised of First Nations people, the culture of the region’s aboriginal people permeates the city — from towering totem poles located throughout public green spaces to contemporary aboriginal art galleries located in downtown, Gastown and on Granville Island. Spend the day perusing historical artifacts and authentic artwork at the UBC Museum of Anthropology or view the extensive collection of artwork, carvings and jewelry at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

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