The Court Challenges Program will be hosted by the University of Ottawa

Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A man argues a case in a courtroom before a judge and 3 other lawyers

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The University of Ottawa will administer the Court Challenges Program of Canada, which the Canadian government has recently modernized. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced the results of the competitive selection process this morning.

The Court Challenges Program (CCP) will provide financial support to Canadians who wish to access the courts for the litigation of precedent-setting test cases of national significance that help clarify certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada.

“Having contributed to the inclusion of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom within the 1982 Constitution, we are delighted to engage in its realisation,” said Professor John Packer of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Faculty of Law.

To administer the Program, the University of Ottawa will create the Canadian Centre for the Court Challenges Program (CCCCP) to support the work of the two expert panels that will take funding decisions. One expert panel will look into funding for challenges related to official languages and the other panel will consider funding for challenges related to human rights.

“We have a long tradition of excellence in the study of constitutional rights and language rights, and we are pleased to be able to provide Canadians with this expertise,” said Jérémie Séror, Director of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts.

Although the CCCCP will benefit from administrative support from the University, it will remain independent in its goals and funding decisions. To ensure that the Program has all the resources it needs to fulfill its mandate, it will be managed by three people: the director the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, and a professor of law specializing in language rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.


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