Practical Tool: Bilingual position profile - Canadian Heritage

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Practical Tool: Bilingual position profile

When preparing a bilingual position profile, remember that both official language requirements must be relevant to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Designate bilingual positions using the descriptions of proficiency levels for the skills required (for example: reading, writing and oral interaction). These descriptions highlight the level of ability in official languages required and examples of tasks that would be performed at that level. For examples of bilingual position profiles, refer to the Additional resources below.

A sample bilingual position profile:

With the aim of serving its members in the official language of their choice, the Board of Directors has adopted a resolution that commits ______organization name______ to providing its services in both official languages.

In accordance with this policy, the position of ____ position name_____ is hereby designated as bilingual.

Description of duties:

Linguistic profile:

On the basis of the above duties, the language proficiency requirements for this position are established as follows:

Language Proficiency Requirements
Language English French
Skill (comprehension &
Reading Writing Oral Reading Writing Oral

Explain the level required and the tasks associated with each skill.



Oral interaction

* Select level of proficiency required based on your organization's language proficiency criteria.

Additional resources

The following information presents a governmental approach for determining levels of proficiency and cites examples of linguistic profiles; however it may be a useful reference for organizations.

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