Court Challenges Program Expert Panels – Opportunity

  • November 02, 2017

Posted on behalf of Jérôme Moisan, Director General, Strategic Policy, Planning and Research, Department of Canadian Heritage

Preparations towards the implementation of the Court Challenges Program (CCP) are progressing. As you may recall, on September 1, 2017, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced that the University of Ottawa was the organization selected to administer the CCP. She also announced the names of the five members of the Expert Panel Selection Committee.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is now seeking applications from persons willing to serve as members of one of the two independent expert panels for the CCP – one for official language rights and one for human rights. The two seven-member expert panels will be responsible for making decisions on funding test cases of national significance. Expert panels will have administrative support from the University of Ottawa and will report back to them.

The Department launched today the Ministerial Appointment Process to fill the 14 positions on the two expert panels through an open, transparent and merit-based selection process, in accordance with the established approach for Government of Canada appointments.

The Selection Committee established by the Minister of Canadian Heritage will be responsible for the selection of qualified candidates to recommend as members of the two expert panels. The Minister intends to appoint candidates who collectively reflect Canada’s diversity.

A Notice of Opportunity for Ministerial Appointment, inviting leaders in the areas of official languages ​​rights or human rights to apply for positions on both expert panels, has been posted online.

We hope to have a large number of applications that reflect Canada’s diversity, so I invite you to share this information within your network.

For more information on the Program, you can visit the Government of Canada website.

Best regards,

Jérôme Moisan
Director General
Strategic Policy, Planning and Research
Department of Canadian Heritage