1993

The Supreme Court of Canada confirms the right to minority control over French-language facilities

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that section 23(3)(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms includes both the right to a distinct setting for minority language education and the right of the official language minority to manage and control their educational facilities.

The Court found that sections of Manitoba’s Public Schools Act regarding the election of school boards and their powers and duties did not meet the requirements with respect to the rights protected under section 23(3)(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court determined that the number of potential French language students warranted the establishment of a French-language school board in Manitoba, to be managed and controlled by the French minority.