True. Canadian Heritage is responsible for “promotion of a greater understanding of human rights, fundamental freedoms and values”, as per section 4(2)(a) of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act.
True. All federal departments have the responsibility to advance human rights in Canada. Canadian Heritage, Justice Canada, and Global Affairs Canada are the three core departments responsible for the implementation and coordination of Canada’s international human rights obligations. As these obligations generally cover the broad spectrum of Canadian human rights issues, they have the primary responsibility for overseeing much of the federal government’s overall approach to human rights. Justice Canada and Canadian Heritage also have programs that focus on domestic human rights issues.
False. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is independent of the federal government and, as such, authors its own reports. This is done in parallel with the reporting by the federal government.
False. Canadian Heritage’s Human Rights Program coordinates Canada’s Universal Periodical Review every 4.5 years.
True. One example of a commemorative day that the Human Rights Program promotes is Human Rights Day, which is celebrated every year on December 10.
Anyone in Canada can order a printed copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This can be done from the Canadian Heritage website, or on the Government of Canada website. The Charter can also be downloaded from these websites anywhere in the world.
Anyone in Canada can order a copy of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by mail. This can be done from the Canadian Heritage website, or on the Government of Canada website. The Charter can also be downloaded from these websites anywhere in the world.
The objective of the Court Challenges Program is to provide individuals and groups in Canada with financial support to access the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance. This support is also intended to clarify and assert certain constitutional and quasi‑constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada.
The Department of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, reinstated and modernized the Court Challenges Program.The University of Ottawa is the independent organization responsible for implementing and managing the modernized Court Challenges Program.
The Court Challenges Program provides financial support to individuals and groups in Canada to access the courts for the litigation of test cases of national significance. This support is also intended to clarify and assert certain constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights in Canada.
True. The Human Rights Expert Panel and the Official Languages Expert Panel are responsible for funding decisions for the program.
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