Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund


The Support Fund is designed to provide resources to facilitate access to justice in both official languages through various means, such as the creation of legal and linguistic tools, workshops and training to bilingual lawyers and stakeholders of the justice system, the development of related training material and the provision of public legal education and information. The activities and projects undertaken pursuant to the Support Fund are aligned with the Government commitments of encouraging the participation of all Canadians in linguistic duality, and in supporting official language minority communities.

Who is eligible?

  • Canadian non-profit organizations
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments, including associated Crown corporations.
  • Canadian institutions/boards of education, including Centres for jurilinguistics.

Individuals, for-profit groups or corporations and Federal Crown corporations are not eligible.


The objectives of the Support Fund are:

  • Increase the capacity of the justice system and its stakeholders to offer justice services in both official languages.
  • Increase awareness in the legal community and official language minority and majority communities concerning their rights and issues related to access to justice in both official languages.


Projects of interest include those that:

  • Promote awareness, information and training about language rights and issues related to access to justice in both official languages;
  • Develop linguistic and legal tools;
  • Disseminate linguistic and legal tools;
  • Undertake research to the benefit of official language minority communities;
  • Provide justice services to official language minority communities as pilot projects;
  • Promote activities related to the Justice Training Component:
    • Provide advance training focusing on legal terminology for bilingual justice professionals
    • Contribute to the development of a curriculum for bilingual students interested in pursuing a career in the field of justice
    • Elaborate a  recruitment strategy and the promotion of justice-related careers
    • Develop linguistic training tools.

Points to Consider

The Department will only consider providing funding for activities related to public legal education and information and/or awareness when the recipient has confirmed funding (financial and/or in-kind) from other sources and will take this amount into consideration when determining the contribution amount.

The Department will only consider providing funding for activities having an impact on provincial/territorial administration of justice when the recipient has confirmed funding (financial and/or in-kind) from provincial/territorial government and will take this amount into consideration when determining the contribution amount.

How to Apply for Funding

To submit a request for funding, we suggest that you complete the Application/Proposal Form: PDF Version (1.2 Mb, PDF Help) / HTML Version.

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Official Languages

In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitate the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice's programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:

  • outreach to official language minority communities to enhance their understanding of the Department of Justice funding programs; and
  • encouraging contacts between organizations that are receiving financial assistance and official language minority organizations/groups to ensure that the needs of these communities are taken into consideration in relation to the proposed projects to be considered for Department of Justice Canada funding.

Sustainable Development

The Department of Justice encourages you to submit proposals electronically. If you submit your application on paper, please consider printing on both sides of the paper. These actions will minimize environmental impacts.

Publications and Resources

Contribution Funds for Non-Governmental Organizations, a Handbook (PDF Version)
We designed this guide as a reference tool to help you better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements. We recommended that you review this handbook if you receive funding for your project.

Contact Information

Programs Branch
Department of Justice Canada
284 Wellington Street, 6th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

Telephone: 613 941-4193
Fax: 613 941-2269

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