Appearance before the Justice Committee
On April 12th, Geneviève Boudreau, Director of the LRSP, accompanied by Pierre Foucher, Professor and Analyst, appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
As part of the Committee’s study on Access to the Justice System, different stakeholders were invited to speak about access to justice for minority groups, re-establishing the Court Challenges Program (CCP) and the Language Rights Support Program.
During her presentation, Ms. Boudreau explained how the LRSP operates, its role in clarifying and advancing constitutional language rights and the type of funding offered by the LRSP. She also presented statistics to illustrate the total funds granted to applicants since 2009, the areas of law most funded and the number of alternative dispute resolution files submitted and resolved, among other things.
The Director also outlined the evolution of the LRSP’s information and promotion activities over the years. She specified that, during the first few years, the LRSP consulted official language communities in every Canadian region to identify their needs in terms of language rights. In recent years, the activities have instead consisted of projects initiated by the LRSP as well as collaborative initiatives with organizations.
To read the full transcript of the presentations, visit the Parliament of Canada website.