Language rights at the heart of revamped Court Challenges Program

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The return of the Court Challenges Program (CCP) is “extremely welcome,” Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar tells

Canadian Lawyer magazine recently reported that the University of Ottawa was selected to administer the updated federal program following its cancellation back in 2006 during former prime minister Stephen Harper’s first term in office.

In its new format, the CCP will provide financial assistance to Canadians who want to start or take part in test cases involving official language rights and human rights issues that have yet to be heard by a court.

Of the CPP’s $5-million annual budget, $1.5 million has been allocated exclusively to the clarification of language rights.

“There is a great amount of confusion as to what rights people have with regard to services in either of the official languages,” says Deliscar, principal of Deliscar Professional Corporation, a law firm that offers services in English, French and Spanish.

“Many people have no idea, so it’s important to be able to inform the general public, and also the legal profession, about these issues,” she adds.

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