Sri Lanka and Canada have signed an MOU that marks the implementation of a 5.6 million US Dollar project in support of Sri Lanka’s Official Languages Policy.
The inking of the MOU took place at the Canada House under the patronage of Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Canada’s High Commissioner Bruce Levy. Canada will facilitate in implementing the National Languages Project so that all Sri Lankans can secure Government services in their official language. This is a result of a specific request made by Canadian Minister for International Cooperation Beverly Oda by the Government of Sri Lanka during her visit to the island in 2009.
The National Languages Project is designed to respond to Sri Lanka’s need to enhance relations between Sinhala and Tamil speaking citizens and increase respect for language rights and linguistic diversity, thereby fostering social cohesion and lasting peace.