Language Policy in Canada
Language policy is comprised of a body of theory, principles, laws, programs and measures designed to manage one or more languages in a country. In monolingual societies, language policy is usually concerned with promoting an approved, standardized grammar
of the common language. In bilingual or multilingual societies, it is intended to manage situations in which two or more languages are in contact and/or conflict, and to enhance the use and status of certain languages over others. Language policy in
Canada has been designed to manage historical relationships among multiple languages – notably French, English and Indigenous languages - and their various
communities. While it has evolved over time, Canadian language policy has not always been marked by positive or just measures.