1984

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its first decision regarding minority language education under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that parents who received instruction in English in Canada have the right to send their children to English-language schools in Quebec.

Following decisions handed down by Quebec’s Superior Court and Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that sections 72 and 73 of the Charter of the French Language, which restrict eligibility for English instruction to children whose father or mother received elementary education in English in Quebec, were incompatible with the constitutional right guaranteed by section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.