2009

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its decision in the Desrochers case

The ruling is a major victory for linguistic equality.

This hard-won gain was achieved thanks to the tenacity of the linguistic minority in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario and the support of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

The Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that, in order to achieve linguistic equality, the government may be required to provide services “with distinct content.” The nature and purpose of the service in question must be taken into account in order to determine what is necessary for each official language community.