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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

2015 conference in Ireland

PLAIN is pleased to announce its 10th international conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, September 17-20, 2015.

PLAIN is joining forces with Ireland’s National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to present a thought provoking and exciting conference focused on the theme:

Clearer language, greater efficiency and effectiveness.

Speakers from around the world will highlight experience from various disciples including plain language, usability, user experience, technical communication, and information design.

Watch for the call for proposals and other key announcements.

For more information, contact Deborah Bosley, PLAIN President.