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Languages Canada

A strong, united voice for Canada’s language education sector.

Welcome to Languages Canada

Languages Canada is Canada’s premier language organization representing its two official languages: English and French. Membership is limited to programs from the public and private sectors that meet the rigorous standards of the association. Languages Canada is recognized by the Canadian government and internationally. Find out more about Languages Canada:

  • After years of support and encouragement from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFAIT) and CEC Network, a process began in 2006 to explore the opportunity to bring together existing language education associations CAPLS (Canadian Association of Private Language Schools) and CLC (Canada Language Council). In 2007, a joint task force was created. CAPLS and CLC voted to create a new association that would include all public, private, English and French accredited language education program members. A steering committee was formed with equal representation from both associations and a representative from AILIA. In 2008, a set of bylaws and a definitive agreement was approved resulting in the incorporation of the new association, Languages Canada.

    Purpose / Mission / Vision Statement

    Purpose: To be the voice of the Canadian language education sector.
    Mission: To promote quality, accredited English and French language education in Canada, both nationally and internationally.
    Vision Statement: To be internationally recognized as the symbol of excellence, representing Canada as the number one destination for quality English and French language education.

    Board of Directors (as of February 27, 2019)

    • Cath D'Amico (President), Trent University - ESL Program
    • Biba Fakhouri (Vice President), Université de Montréal
    • Anthony Stille (Vice President), ESC English School of Canada
    • Sharon Curl (Immediate Past President), Eurocentres
    • Gary Gervais, (Secretary) Heartland International English School
    • David Matthews (Treasurer), ILSC Language Schools - Vancouver
    • Firas Alhafidh, McGill University
    • Martine Allard, Seneca College, English Language Institute
    • Veronica Cartagenova, LAB Montreal
    • Ginny Chien, Columbia College, English Language Centre
    • Julian Inglis, University of Guelph
    • Stéphane Lemelin, Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-La-Pocatière
    • Shaun Macleod, Canadian College of English Language - Vancouver
    • Gregory Mattei, Académie Linguistique Internationale
    • Ernest Mulvey, Algonquin College
    • David Packer, Dalhousie University
  • On behalf of all of our stakeholders, we conduct world-class research to ensure the effectiveness and success of the language education sector. As Canada’s language education sector representative, we strive to keep all stakeholders informed and up-to-date about the language education sector in Canada and internationally. To do this, we conduct extensive research on the latest trends, exchange knowledge and best practices to enhance the effectiveness and success of the sector.

  • Languages Canada’s Quality Assurance Framework

    Click here to download the QA Framework.

    Accreditation – Quality Assurance Quality Assurance is a critical element of Languages Canada. All member schools are required to be accredited under one internationally recognized and comprehensive scheme. The Accreditation Scheme operates at arm’s length, is transparent, confidential and maintains the integrity and rigour of Languages Canada’s standards and process. Each level of review done by different member of a team of highly qualified independent professionals. Six areas examined:

    •     Student Services
    •     Teaching Staff
    •     Curriculum
    •     Marketing and Promotion
    •     Administration
    •     Student Admissions

    Accreditation Documents

    Questions? – Contact: Orion Assessment Services of Canada Inc. Email: Toll Free: +1 (877) 494-0477

  • Code of Conduct

    All Members of Languages Canada/Langues Canada will, as a condition of membership, continuously adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

    • Ensure that all applicable laws and regulations for the jurisdiction in which the Program is located are followed at all times
    • Ensure that all staff, students and agents are knowledgeable about Languages Canada’s Accreditation Standards
    • Recognize, respect and promote the diversity of culture and ethnicity inherent to a program’s employees, students and peers
    • Always provide accurate information about programs, services and academic expectations
    • Ensure that all marketing materials and websites contain accurate disclosure and strictly avoid publication or posting of misleading or deceptive claims
    • Make all fees, terms and conditions, including the refund policy, available in advance of a student registering
    • Ensure that all agents and agent materials fully and accurately represent your programs, services, terms and conditions
    • Work only with reputable agencies
    • Honour, without restriction, all of the representations and agreements made by the program to students or agents
    • Not knowingly make false or misleading statements about other programs, students or agents
    • Deal with all requests, criticisms and complaints in an unbiased and timely fashion
    • Ensure that Languages Canada’s Dispute Resolution Policy or a public institution’s internal dispute resolution policy is distributed to and understood by staff, students and agents as a means to address unresolved disputes

    In the event of a School Closure, Languages Canada members agree to:

    • Work with Languages Canada staff to minimize the consequences of such a closure on affected students
    • Work with Languages Canada staff to offer replacement programs to affected students
    • Provide alternative replacement programs to affected students that are equivalent to the program lost by the affected students, to the extent possible
    • Not charge affected students for programs which are equivalent to those programs lost due to the school closure

    By-laws and Membership Policies

    By-laws (2014)

Annual Conference

Find out more about this event.

Annual Conference

Languages Canada Chapters

Explore Languages Canada's Chapters:

Langues Québec
British Columbia
Nova Scotia

Our Team

Behind the scenes at Languages Canada / Langues Quebec.

About our Team