In the wake of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day celebrated worldwide on Feb 21, the City of Toronto is requesting input from residents and members of the public through an online survey that will help determine how and when the City makes information available in languages other than English.
It is a great opportunity for East African-Canadians to participate in this survey so to have their lingua franca, Swahili be included with other languages used for City’s information to its residents.
The survey will be available until March 10 at http://www.toronto.ca/languagesurvey and is offered in several languages including English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, Tagalog, Italian, Portuguese, Farsi, Russian, Urdu, Korean and French.
This feedback is being sought as a part of the City’s review of the Multilingual Services Policy to ensure it continues to meet the needs of Toronto’s diverse communities. Toronto’s Multilingual Services Policy includes criteria for translating information into other languages to make sure information reaches residents, keeps them informed and engaged, and that City resources for translation and interpretation are used effectively. The policy is available at http://bit.ly/2l1dt99.