2009

The Federal Court rules on whether VIA Rail Canada can impose bilingual requirements on positions where there are no obligations to provide service in both official languages

The Federal Court determined that positions involving duties related to safety and security objectively justify a bilingual requirement.

The Court opposed a strict interpretation of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations, stating that the “significant demand” criteria set out the Regulations should not be rigidly interpreted and applied so as to prevent an institution from going above and beyond its legal obligations.