Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly says the one-line revision to the national anthem became law today, one day ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in South Korea. When the first familiar chords of "O Canada" play at schools, hockey games and other events, Canadians stand with pride in honour of their country. Proclaimed to be Canada's national anthem on July 1, 1980, "O Canada" was first sung in French 100 years earlier. Download the poster [PDF Version, 2 MB] of the official lyrics in English. Feb 01, 2018 · Canada’s national anthem is set to become gender neutral, bringing an end to a decades-long push to ensure the English language version reflects all Canadians. Lyrics to 'French Canadian Anthem Text' by National Anthem Orchestra: Lyrics in French O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux, Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux.