This database presents summaries of key court decisions in Canada related to official languages and of events relating to language rights since 2003. These summaries have been prepared by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada.
This database is not exhaustive. It was designed to be used as a reference tool for people directly or indirectly interested in language rights. The database is updated on an ongoing basis.
1. R. v Potvin
Province or Territory: Ontario
Court: Ontario Court of Appeal
Citation: 2004 69 O.R. (3d) 654
Category: Legislative and judicial bilingualismPotvinFootnote 1 raises the question, which over the years has been considered by the courts on more than one occasion, of the scope of the right conferred by section 530.1 of the Criminal Code and...
Province or Territory: Nova Scotia
Court: Nova Scotia Court of Appeal
Citation: 2004 NSCA 10
Category: Legislative and judicial bilingualismThe Nova Scotia Court of Appeal’s judgment in MackenzieFootnote 1 confirmed and restated the obligation that a justice of the peace or provincial judge has under subsection 530(3) of theCriminal Code...
Province or Territory: New Brunswick
Court: Court of Appeal of New Brunswick
Citation: 2004 NBCA 49
Category: Legislative and judicial bilingualismIn CharleboisFootnote 1 the New Brunswick Court of Appeal had to interpret section 22 of the New Brunswick Official Languages Act (NBOLA)Footnote...