We have observed a scarcity of internships and internal jobs for language professionals;
We note that language professionals are often required to produce texts in their second language, despite the difficulties associated with this kind of task;
We note that clients have a tendency of paying language professionals at a lower rate than they deserve, given that they usually have a university education;
The important role of language professionals must be better recognized by companies, professionals and individuals;
The situation language professionals are in should finally be understood.
We, the undersigned members of the community of language professionals, students, colleagues and allies working in various fields, and citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:1. Ensure that the professional world is informed of the occupational realities of language professions;
2. Reproach employers who force language professionals to work in more than one language;
3. Encourage employers not to require a level of expertise from beginners that is found only in experienced professionals;
4. Require clients to respect reasonable rates;
5. Put a stop to the ongoing job cuts for language professionals;
6. Either reinstate the now-defunct Traduca program, originally created by the Government of Canada and funded through the Roadmap for Official Languages, or implement other similar internship programs.
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