Spelling

Industry Canada's primary spelling reference is the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press Canada, 2004).

When the dictionary shows two spellings for a word in the same entry, use the first one. If different spellings of a word are given separate entries, use the spelling from the entry where the word is defined.

Respect the official spelling of the names of companies, organizations and associations, even if it differs from Industry Canada style.

Below is a quick reference list of commonly questioned spellings. Pay particular attention to capitalization and hyphenation. For detailed information on spelling, consult The Canadian Style, Chapter 3.

  • Aboriginal
  • acknowledgement
  • analog
  • analysis
  • analyze, analyzes, analyzed, analyzing
  • Anglophone (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • appendix (pl. appendices)
  • benefit, benefited, benefiting
  • BlackBerry
  • cellphone
  • centre
  • cooperate, cooperation (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • coordinate, coordination
  • e-book
  • e-business
  • e-commerce
  • email
  • energy-efficient
  • FedNor
  • focus, focuses, focused, focusing
  • forum (pl. forums)
  • Francophone (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • fulfill, fulfills, fulfilled, fulfilling, fulfillment
  • Governor-in-Council
  • instalment
  • judgment
  • memorandum (pl. memoranda)
  • Métis (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • off-line
  • off-site
  • online
  • onscreen
  • on-site
  • order-in-council
  • percent (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • road map (except in reference to Technology Roadmaps)
  • round table (noun), round-table (adjective)
  • royal assent
  • start-up
  • subsection
  • This Week @ IC (TWIC)
  • trademark (except in reference to official titles related to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, e.g., Canadian Trade-marks Database)
  • under way
  • (the) World Wide Web
  • (the) web (this is a departure from the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)
  • web browser
  • webcam
  • webcast
  • web-enabled
  • weblog
  • webmaster
  • web page
  • web server
  • website
  • workforce

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