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 Who are we?

Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) is the international association for plain-language supporters and practitioners that promotes clear communication in any language. Our growing network includes plain-language advocates, professionals, and organizations.

 What is plain language?

Plain language is a way of communicating that everyone in your audience can easily understand. There are various plain-language writing and design techniques and several important benefits for using them.

Bookmark this site for free resources and practical examples to help you begin using plain language.

Updates from recent AGM available

On a sunny September 20 in Toronto, PLAIN held its AGM for 2014. A total of 30 members took part, either in person or by proxy voting. Local members joined us in person and a few others joined by web conference.

Giving members an online way to participate was something new and we hope to do more of this in the future.

Highlights included electing our board for 2014-15, passing motions to ensure that PLAIN complies with new Canadian legislation and updating members on the past year's work.

For a detailed summary of the past year, read our Annual Report to Members 2014.

For the review of PLAIN's finances for 2013, please contact our treasurer with questions.

PLAIN's registration under Canada's Not-for-profit Act has been approved by Corporations Canada. The only change that you will notice is that you now have two months to renew your membership instead of one.

Read PLAIN's articles and bylaw

Ireland's National Adult Literacy Agency to host 2015 Conference

We look with excitement to the year ahead and hope to see many PLAIN members at our next international conference in Dublin, Ireland, from September 17 to 20, 2015, hosted by the Irish National Adult Literacy Association (NALA).

Our 11th annual conference will explore the theme of 'Clearer communications, greater efficiency and effectiveness.'

Read the early announcement and Call for Sponsors in NALA's Annual Report, Literacy Matters.