The Multilingual Association of Regina is a non-profit registered charity. MLAR was founded in 1978 and Regina Multilingual School activities began in 1979. MLAR is committed to the retention and promotion of heritage languages in Regina. Membership is open to any organization or individual interested in the teaching and retention of heritage languages. In the 2012-2013 school year, 30 Heritage Language schools were in operation as members of MLAR, with an enrollment of more than 1,300 students, and 3 new schools have requested access to classrooms to teach their language in the 2013-2014 school year.
Many dedicated volunteer teachers are involved in teaching classes outside of regular school time. In addition to language instruction, heritage language schools celebrate our diversity of cultural traditions. MLAR has been instrumental in helping students of its member schools celebrate their cultural heritage. The support for instruction through workshops and in-service training for language teachers has been an on-going focus of the Association.