The Constitution is repatriated and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is adopted
The Government of Canada repatriates the Constitution and entrenches the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms within it.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms contains many sections that guarantee and strengthen Canadians’ language rights. Sections 16 to 20 of the Charter guarantee the right to use either official language in Parliament, in certain communications with the federal public service and before the federal courts. The archives, statutes, reports and minutes of Parliament are printed in both official languages, and each version has equal force of law.
Section 23 of the Charter protects the right of parents in official language minority communities to have their children educated in their language and to manage their public educational institutions.