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ERIC Number: ED506304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Canada's Colleges and Institutes: Fostering Linguistic Duality. Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
This report was created in conjunction with the Association of Canadian Community College's (ACCC) review of the federal government's support for post-secondary institutions and their efforts in promoting bilingualism in Canada. Canada's colleges were created or expanded through a partnership of the federal and provincial governments in the 1960s. The passing of the first Official Languages Act in 1969 and the subsequent collaboration of the federal government and the provinces/territories enabled colleges to establish some of the earliest language programs in the country, facilitating access to language training and emphasizing the value of learning and living experiences in both English and French. Colleges remain prime delivery agents for immigrant settlement and integration initiatives with extensive French and English as a Second Language and acculturation programs provided across the country. Such training strengthens community development and enables immigrants to contribute their talents and skills to Canada's economy. Colleges encourage business formation and sustainability by growing the local talent pool, by re-skilling displaced employees, and by offering customized workplace training and applied research assistance. They provide members of the French and English minority language community with the opportunity to be educated in their own language. Opportunities for federal engagement are identified, including: (1) Increasing the breadth, depth and reach of Official Languages Programs across the country; and (2) Widening federal investment in post-secondary education and research. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: Canada