Impact study

** Please note that the Language Rights Support Program will no longer accept funding applications as of April 1st, 2017. **

Impact studies are funded by the LRSP as part of its “Information and promotion” component.

Funding for an impact study is granted to those wishing to undertake a study on the influence of a bill, a law, or a proposed constitutional amendment, or the effect of a legal ruling concerning constitutional language rights on official language communities in Canada.

Funding available for an impact study is limited to $5000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are an individual, a group or a non-profit organization
  • Your application concerns one of the following rights:
    • Official language rights as guaranteed by the interpretation or application of sections 16 to 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
    • Official language rights as guaranteed by the interpretation or application of sections 93 or 133 of the Constitution Act, 1867;
    • Official language rights as guaranteed by the interpretation or application of section 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870;
    • Official language rights as guaranteed by the interpretation or application of any other equivalent constitutional provision;
    • The clarification of the linguistic aspect of freedom of expression guaranteed by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms when this freedom is invoked in a matter concerning an official language minority.

For more information, here is a brief summary of constitutional language rights.

Denial of the application

Your application shall be denied if it involves only complaints, prosecutions or challenges presented:

  • Under the Official Languages Act of Canada;
  • In connection with appeals or with judicial review of actions or measures taken by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, or by the Commissioner;
  • Under any provincial or territorial law concerning the protection of official language rights;
  • Against provincial or territorial laws, policies or practices other than those that concern official languages;
  • On the basis of sections of the Constitution of Canada other than those that concern official languages.