Editors’ Association of Canada launches Editing Canadian English online


Toronto, February 25, 2015—The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) is pleased to announce the launch of the much anticipated third edition of Editing Canadian English, the essential reference for Canadian editors and writers, first published in 1987 and later updated in 2000.

This online edition provides instant, on-the-go access to the latest guidance on Canadian English usage, from Canadianization to spelling, abbreviations, punctuation, measurements, bilingual text and so much more. Written by expert editors from EAC and beyond, it’s a reference guide you can depend on. And thanks to regular updates, everyone who writes and edits “in Canadian” can stay on top of changes in language usage.

“We’re thrilled to offer this new, online edition,” says EAC’s interim president, Moira White. “Last year, John Allemang asked, ‘Who is speaking up for Canadian English?‘ in The Globe and Mail. We are proud to say that Canadian editors are.”

Some of the common questions addressed by the third edition of Editing Canadian English include these:

  • What are the differences between proofreading, copy editing, stylistic editing, and structural editing, and how do I know which role is required?
  • When is it appropriate to adapt Canadian words that an international audience might stumble over?
  • What are the biases common in Canada and how do I correct for them?
  • How do I settle on a Canadian spelling when even our dictionaries can’t agree?
  • What punctuation issues are specific to Canada?
  • How do I reconcile the metric versus imperial mix that characterizes Canadian usage?
  • How do I work with French text in English documents?

The online edition of Editing Canadian English is available as an annual subscription for $35 ($25 for EAC members and affiliates). Visit EditingCanadianEnglish.ca for more information about pricing, features or to sign up for a free 30-day trial.

EAC will publish a print edition of Editing Canadian English in June 2015.


About the Editors’ Association of Canada

The Editors’ Association of Canada/Association canadienne des réviseurs began in 1979 as the Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada to promote and maintain high standards of editing. EAC is the voice of editors in Canada, with 1,500 members and affiliates, both salaried and freelance, who work in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. EAC’s professional development programs and services include professional certification, an annual conference, seminars, guidelines for fair pay and working conditions, and networking with other associations. EAC has six regional branches: British Columbia; Prairie Provinces (currently on hiatus); Saskatchewan; Toronto; National Capital Region; and Quebec/Atlantic Canada, as well as smaller branches (called twigs) in Calgary, Alberta; Kitchener-Waterloo-Guelph, Ontario; Hamilton/Halton, Ontario; Kingston, Ontario; Nova Scotia; and Newfoundland and Labrador.


Media Contact

Michelle Ou
Communications Manager
Editors’ Association of Canada
Association canadienne des réviseurs
416 975-1379 / 1 866 226-3348

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