About Us – Official Languages Programs

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    About Us
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    If you are looking for a trusted and
    respected Canadian Program
    to learn French, look no further.
    We are proud to note that this community is made up of many program directors, teachers and monitors, ESL, FSL, and FFL language assistants, and promotion agents who were once students themselves. The enthusiasm for our language programs is long-lasting. Our community, made up of hundreds of thousands of current and former students, continues to bolster multilingualism across the country while sharing crosscultural Canadian values.

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    OUR PROGRAMS

    EXPLORE
    Learn or improve your French-speaking skills while experiencing a different local culture in another part of Canada
    13 - 15, 16 - 17, 18+ years old
    Destination Clic
    An experiential summer program for Francophone students living outside Quebec
    Grades 8, 9, or 10
    Odyssey
    Inspire youth to practise their English-speaking or French-speaking skills while earning a salary
    Postsecondary (no age limit)

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    OUR TEAM

    It takes a spirited and dedicated community to provide each program
    participant with a memorable experience.

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    A focus on languages has long been an important aspect of history and culture in Canada. Beginning in 1971, following the adoption of the Official Languages Act in 1969, the first of a series of language-learning programs was created to encourage individuals to learn Canada’s official languages—English and French—and to discover the rich cultures associated with them. Since then, these programs have evolved into so much more. Today, the OLP-PLO is proud to offer three unique programs—Explore, Destination Clic, and Odyssey—to suit a variety of language interests.
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    The Government of Canada provides funding for the Official Languages Programs, which covers tuition fees, instructional materials, meals and lodging,* workshops, and cultural activities.
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    The Official Languages Programs are managed by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) and the departments/ministries of education of each province and territory, who in turn work closely with participating school boards and accredited postsecondary institutions to help ensure a positive experience for language-learning students and language assistants.

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    Explore 13–15 and 16–17 sessions are currently full & waitpool numbers are high. Places remain available for the Explore 18+ sessions – late applications are welcome. Submit your application without delay!
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