The Canadian Languages Association (CLA) was established in 1994 as a national body dedicated to the preservation and promotion of international/heritage languages in Canada.
The CLA provides a networking function among international/heritage language organizations across Canada. The CLA is committed to working in cooperation with all language and cultural
associations, educational institutions, government departments, business groups, and community stakeholders at the provincial and federal levels to promote the value of international/heritage
languages education for all Canadians.
CLA is committed to working in cooperation with all language and cultural associations, educational institutions, government departments/ministries, business groups, and community stakeholders at
both the provincial and federal levels to promote the value and importance of heritage/international languages for all Canadians.
The CLA wants to develop a cross-country communications/action strategy that encourages grass roots input on issues related to international/heritage languages education.
We envision groups across Canada that work in a supportive environment to achieve real change. CLA and its Affiliates will act as centres of information and create a process where individuals and organizations across the country can get together on a regular basis to: discuss issues of concern; possible solutions; raise awareness of decision-makers; and, promote the benefits of language education to the wider population.