1978

The Government of Canada creates the Court Challenges Program of Canada

The Program provides financial assistance to help individuals or groups clarify language rights before the courts.

The Program provided support for many cases, such as the Ford, Forest, Mahe, Arsenault-Cameron and Doucet-Boudreau cases.

It has enabled official language minority communities to go before the courts and obtain, in most instances, broader and more liberal interpretations of language guarantees.

The Program was eliminated in 2006. Following protests from many activist groups, the Language Rights Support Program was created in 2008.