About Us

The Canadian Language Museum was established in 2011 to promote an appreciation of all of the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation. Few countries can match Canada’s rich and varied language heritage, which includes Indigenous languages from coast to coast, the official languages of French and English and their regional dialects, and the many languages brought to this country by more recent immigrants.  The Canadian Language Museum encourages dialogue on language issues that are central to the future of Canadian society, such as bilingualism, multilingualism, and language endangerment, preservation and revitalization.  The Canadian Language Museum has created travelling exhibits about Canadian English, the Inuit language, French in Canada, the Cree language, the Tapestry of langauges in Canada, and 150 years of language use on signs in Toronto. 

Mission Statement

Language is central to the cultural identity of every Canadian and has been integral in shaping Canada's development. Few countries can match Canada's rich and varied language heritage, which includes the official languages of French and English and their regional dialects, Indigenous languages from coast to coast and the many languages brought to this country by more recent immigrants.

The Canadian Language Museum will:

  • promote an appreciation and understanding of all of the languages spoken in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation.
  • initiate and support the collection and dissemination of information about the constantly changing linguistic landscape of this country.
  • introduce the public to the scientific study of language and to current language research in Canada.
  • encourage communication between groups across the country that are concerned with language.
  • facilitate dialogue on fundamental language issues that are at the heart of the future of Canadian society, such as bilingualism, multilingualism, language endangerment, preservation and revitalization.

You can contact us at langmuse@chass.utoronto.ca.