Communications in Canada

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Official Language
There are 2 official languages, English and French.
Other Languages Spoken
Chinese is the third most widely spoken language in Canada. More than 100 different languages were declared when an inventory was made of mother tongues. The list includes: German, Italian, Ukrainian, Dutch, Polish, Asian and Middle Eastern languages.
Business Language
English is used most. All government departments must be bilingual in English and French.
Getting Some Knowledge
Please consult the following website for French-speaking Quebec expressions.
Free Translation Tools
Voila : Translator of phrases, words and websites
La toile du Québec : Free on-line translator of texts and Internet pages (to French from English, German and vice versa)
Foreignword : Portal for languages

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Quality of Communications
It is easy to get landline or cell phone services.
The networks are well linked together. Nevertheless, in the country, mobile communications may be interrupted.
Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Canada, Dial 011
To Make a Call to in Canada, Dial 1
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
1 (if long distance) + regional code + subscriber's number
Mobile Telephone Standards
The IS41 standard of American origin (standard ANSI-41) and the GSM standard, defined in Europe by ETSI, are the most widespread.
National Mobile Phone Operators
Bell Mobilité, Rogers AT&T, Telus, Fido, Videotron.

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
Bell Sympatico
Mediom Internet
Access in Public Places
Cybercafés and restaurants with WIFI.
Access in Hotels
Almost all hotels have cable or WIFI in the bedrooms and communal areas.

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