Who we can fund:
You are an individual or a group whose official language rights covered by the CCP may have been breached;
You are a non-profit organization that represents an individual or a group whose official language rights covered by the CCP may have been breached.
What we can fund:
Your application concerns one of the official language rights covered by the CCP.
Your application is a test case. A test case is a case that:
- Raises an issue that has not yet been addressed by the courts; or
- Brings an issue about which a lower-level court has already rendered decision but that is not likely to go further in an appeal; or
- Brings an issue that was decided by courts but the judgments remain contradictory.
Your case is of national importance and could assert and clarify one of the official language rights covered by the CCP.
If your application is based on an eligible provision of the Official Languages Act, you must also meet the following two criteria:
- You have filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages in the case subject to your funding application and you are entitled to apply to the Court for a remedy under Part X of the Official Languages Act, pursuant to subsections 77(1), (2), and (3); and
- The Commissioner of Official Languages will not appear before the Court on your behalf pursuant to paragraph 78(1)(b).
What we cannot fund:
A for-profit organization.
The development of a case already funded by the CCP, the former Court Challenges Program of Canada, or the former Language Rights Support Program.
Complaints, prosecutions or challenges presented solely:
- In terms of provincial or territorial laws relating to the protection of official language rights; or
- Against provincial or territorial laws, policies or practices other than ones covered by the CCP.
Public education, community development, lobbying or political advocacy.
Maximum eligible funding
The types of applications available for the development of test cases, up to a maximum funding of $15,000, are as followed:
- Legal research and drafting
- Evidence development