Who we can fund:

You are an individual or a group whose human rights covered by the CCP may have been breached;


You are a non-profit organization that represents an individual or a group whose human rights covered by the CCP may have been breached.


You are in need of financial support to proceed with the case.

Your case must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

Your application concerns one of the human rights covered by the CCP.

Your application is a potential test case. A test case is a case that raises an issue that has not yet been fully addressed by the courts.

Your case is of national importance.

Your case could assert and clarify one of the human rights covered by the CCP.

Your case will advance knowledge and the state of the law and will create precedents.

Your case reflects the spirit and letter of the Charter.

Your case must challenge a federal law, policy or practice.

What we cannot fund:

A for-profit organization.

The same litigation of the same case funded by the CCP or the former Court Challenges Program of Canada.

Complaints, prosecutions or challenges presented solely:

  1. In terms of provincial or territorial human rights laws; or
  2. Against provincial or territorial laws, policies or practices.

Public education, community development, lobbying or political advocacy.

More than one applicant per case, even if there are many co-applicants.

Maximum eligible funding

Funding available for a trial is limited to $200,000.

Funding available for leave to appeal is limited to $10,000.

Funding available for an appeal is limited to $50,000.

The maximum amounts provided for litigation and legal interventions are applied separately to each level of judicial proceedings. Accordingly, separate applications for funding must be presented at each judicial level.

Accessibility funding

Accessibility funding of up to $5,000 may be granted to ensure equal access to Program-funded activities by an applicant or others retained or invited by an applicant to participate in the case or project.

Applicants are encouraged to consider applying for accessibility funding, which can cover, for example: interpretation or translation, production of documents in alternate media, travel costs for an attendant, and child care costs.

Requests for accessibility funding must be made in writing and must include: 1) a detailed explanation of the request, and 2) a projected budget for the amount of accessibility funding requested. The decision-making panel has the sole discretion to determine whether circumstances exist that justify accessibility funding and the amount of accessibility funding.