Definition – Laws

Your right is enshrined in Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter).

In many cases, decisions of the courts relative to Section 23 have established:

  • the right to have children receive primary and secondary school instruction in the language of the linguistic minority wherever the number of children warrants, and
  • management rights, in other words, the right to handle the linguistic and cultural aspects of instruction and establishments.

A right holder is a parent who satisfies the criteria listed in Section 23 and has the right to instruction in the minority language for all his or her children.

Management rights have led to the creation of official language minority school boards all over Canada.

Section 23 of the Charter is considered one of the most important provisions for the development of official language communities.