The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is amended

The Charter is amended to include the principles of An Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick.

The equality of status of New Brunswick’s English and French linguistic communities are enshrined in the Constitution under section 16.1 of the Charter.

One of the objectives of this amendment was to recognize the province’s role in protecting the two communities. The Charter also set out the communities’ “right to distinct educational institutions and such distinct cultural institutions as are necessary for the preservation and promotion of those communities.