A Guide to the Charter for Equality-Seeking Groups

Publisher:  The Court Challenges Program of the Canadian Council on Social Development
Year Published:  1987
Pages:  42pp   ISBN:  ISBN 0-88810-375-1
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3391

The aim of this booklet is to provide a non-technical guide to the Charter of Rights to non-profit groups and individuals. This federally funded program gives financial assistance for test cases based upon the equality rights provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The booklet presents a brief history of the Charter, an analysis in layman's language of its limitations and protections, and guidelines for using the Charter to challenge federal legislation or federal government policies or practices that result in discrimination. Also included are specifics of funding criteria for developing or intervening in a case, the names of the present members of the panel which makes funding decisions and the amount of funds available at each stage of applying for funds. A final section of examples of test cases seems particularly useful for any person or group in the early stages of thinking about a court challenge.

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