Language Rights Support Program


In June 2008, the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP). The Program targets constitutional language rights by focusing on awareness and alternative dispute resolution, yet allowing support for litigation. The Program began on December 22, 2009 and has an annual budget of 1.5 million dollars.

The Program’s objectives are to:

  • promote awareness of language rights through public education;
  • offer access to alternative dispute resolution processes to settle disputes out of court;
  • support litigation that helps to advance and clarify constitutional language rights when test cases are involved and dispute resolution efforts have not resolved matters.

The Program is independently administered by the University of Ottawa in accordance with the provisions outlined in the contribution agreement concluded between the University and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For additional information, or to submit a funding request, please visit: Language Rights Support Program