The recently reinstated Court Challenges Program will offer funding for test cases related to the equality provisions of the Charter, among others. The program objectives are to provide financial support to help Canadians gain access to the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance; and to help assert and clarify certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada.

Eligible individuals, groups and organization could receive up to $15,000 to help cover the costs of legal research and analysis to further explore the basis for a test case grounded in equality rights, and up to $200,000 for litigation. The Court Challenges Program also offers funding for interventions in equality rights cases ($5,000 for leave to intervene and $35,000 for intervention)

Eligible parties include:

  • Individuals and groups whose human rights may have been violated
  • First Nations and Indigenous advocacy organizations with legal issues related to human rights and section 15 of the Charter
  • Non-profits and organizations advocating for equality-seeking groups whose rights may have been breached

Westaway Law Group has experience drafting Court Challenges Program applications. If this interests you, contact us for help drafting your application and developing your proposed case.

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