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Matthew Hayday is a professor of Canadian history at the University of Guelph. His work focusses on issues of political history, language policy, nationalism, identities, celebrations and commemorations.

He has worked extensively on issues related to Canadian nationalism and identity, including the history of Dominion Day and Canada Day celebrations. He recently published the co-edited collection Celebrating Canada. Volume 1: Holidays, National Days and the Crafting of Identities (University of Toronto Press, 2016), and a second volume dealing with the history of commemorations and symbols in Canada will be published later in 2017.

He has also published several works on the history of bilingualism and language policy in Canada, including the books So They Want Us to Learn French: Promoting and Opposing Bilingualism in English-speaking Canada (UBC Press, 2015) and Bilingual Today, United Tomorrow: Official Languages in Education and Canadian Federalism (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005).


  • –present
    Professor, University of Guelph