Lawrence Creaghan

“Canadians are born all over the world, it just sometimes takes them a bit of time to get here.” – Mayor Wayne Potoroka of Dawson City, speaking about about refugees coming to Canada

Easy Guide to Canadian Spelling
The recommended reference for Canadian English

Canadian English contains elements of British English and American English, as well as many Canadianisms: elements “distinctively characteristic of Canadian usage.” Canadian English’s precise influence from American English, British English and other unique sources has been the ongoing focus of systematic studies since the 1950s. – Wikipedia

Below are Canadian English spellings for some of the more commonly used words that are spelled differently in either American English or British English.

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Katherine Barber, the Editor Who Defined Canadian English

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