Created in 2007, the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning has empowered the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and the University of Ottawa to become catalysts for bilingualism and pluri/multilingualism research in Canada.

​​​​​​​A warm welcome to our research centre!

CCERBAL connects internationally recognized researchers in various fields, including language teaching and learning, assessment, technology, language policy, and family language policy. Our researchers cross disciplinary boundaries, innovate, and support multilateral exchanges and partnerships. A number of their research projects are externally funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Heritage, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), the Ontario Ministry of Education, and by private donors.

The Centre hosts several research chairs and research groups that contribute to its impact and vitality. The CCERBAL also enjoys a privileged relationship with like-minded centres, organizations, and associations, such as the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT), the Canadian Association of Immersion Professionals (ACPI), the European Centre for Modern Languages (CELV) of the Council of Europe, and the European Civil Society Platform for Multilingualism, among others.

I invite you to explore the pages of this website and find out more about our conferences, symposiums, research forums, special events, and academic journal. These activities are open to a wide number of stakeholders and generate meetings of researchers, sharing of ideas, networking, and professional development.

Nikolay Slavkov, director
Nikolay Slavkov, director

The CCERBAL also serves as an advisory body on language policy and social cohesion in Canada and internationally. Its services are available to the academic community, to governments, and to non-governmental organizations with interest and responsibilities in the field of bilingualism, broadly defined. You are welcome to view OLBI’s annual report which provides an overview of the research conducted by CCERBAL members, including information about publications and grants. If you are interested in finding out more about any of our activities or services, do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Our mandate

The Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL) was established by the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) with a mandate to promote innovation and excellence in research. By supporting research chairs, research groups, an academic journal, conferences, symposia, special events, partnerships, and multiple other activities, the Centre fosters national and international interdisciplinarity exchanges. In addition to its core and associate members, CCERBAL also welcomes researchers in residence and student researchers who further contribute to the Centre’s richness and vitality.

Where to find us

Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL)

The CCERBAL is based on a modern concept with no single specified physical space. The centre uses the infrastructure of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), the Faculty of Arts and the University of Ottawa. It includes offices, a resource centre with a reception desk (JCRC), meeting rooms, auditoria and conference facilities, core member offices, invited researcher spaces, graduate student spaces, and of course virtual spaces. Our mailing address and reception desk are at 70 Laurier Avenue East, Room 130,
Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5.

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Contact us


70 Laurier Avenue East
Room 130
Ottawa, ON  K1N 6N5

Telephone: 613-562-5743
Fax: 613-562-5126
[email protected]