Court Challenges Program Expert Panel – Appointment opportunity

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Position

One position is to be filled within the Official Language Rights Expert Panel of the Court Challenges Program (CPP) for a mandate of two to four years.

A roster of qualified candidates could be created and used for future appointment opportunities within the Official Language Rights Expert Panel.

Court Challenges Program

On February 7, 2017, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the reinstatement of a modernized CCP, as indicated in their respective mandate letters.

The objective of the CCP is to provide individuals and groups in Canada with financial support to bring cases of national significance related to constitutional and quasi-constitutional official language rights and human rights before the courts. The Government of Canada has allocated an annual investment of $5 million for the CCP. Each year, a minimum of $1.5 million will be dedicated to the clarification of official language rights. The remainder will be dedicated to the clarification of human rights guaranteed under the Constitution, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as well as official language rights.

The previous programs played a significant role in many major court challenges associated with official language and equality rights in Canada. The programs have helped groups and individuals advocate for rights and freedoms at school, at work and in their day-to-day lives.

With the modernized Program, the government intends to better reflect changes in the Canadian jurisprudence by expanding the scope of eligible rights to sections of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms relating to fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, life, liberty and security of the person and most of the language rights guaranteed under the Official Languages Act.

The Program has a modernized governance structure that is independent, transparent and accountable, and ensures the impartiality of funding decisions by two Expert Panels, one responsible for official language rights and one responsible for human rights. These panels are tasked with assessing funding applications for court cases of national importance and allocating resources accordingly. Each panel is composed of seven members. The University of Ottawa is the independent third-party organization that administers the CCP and supports the Expert Panels.

For more details on the CCP, please visit the CCP web site.

Compensation

Expert panel members do not receive a salary. However, they are entitled to reimbursement of reasonable travel and accommodation expenses, according to the Treasury Board Directive. They are also entitled to an attendance allowance of a maximum of $300 per day during the period in which the panel meets.

Official languages and diversity

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that its appointments take into consideration the desire to achieve gender parity and reflect Canada's diversity, in terms of linguistic, regional and employment equity representation.

The Government will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include in your application your ability to speak, write and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, people with diverse sexual orientations and/or gender identities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and members of official language minority communities. You can voluntarily indicate, in your cover letter, if you are a member of one or more of the groups identified above. It is not mandatory to provide this information.

Language requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

Selection criteria

Your cover letter must clearly demonstrate, with concrete examples, how you meet the following statements to be considered for this position:

Education and experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience
  • A high level of expertise in the areas of official language rights, both constitutional and pursuant to the Official Languages Act

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • A high degree of knowledge in the areas of official language rights in Canada, both constitutional and pursuant to the Official Languages Act
  • Knowledge of the structure and workings of the justice/court system in Canada
  • Knowledge of the issues affecting official language minority communities
  • Knowledge of emerging domestic issues and trends within the scope of the CCP
  • Ability to examine, rank and select potential cases for funding that are significant and have the potential to clarify constitutional rights
  • Ability to engage in strategic discussions and facilitate consensus among Expert Panel members and between panels
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with the independent organization selected to administer the CCP
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written
  • Superior analytical, leadership and management skills

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have met the experience requirements and demonstrated the following personal attributes in your current and recently held positions:

Personal attributes

  • Strategic and innovative leader
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Sound judgment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Eligibility factors and conditions of appointment

In your application, it will be important that you demonstrate that you meet the following requirements:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be available to serve a minimum of two years and until a replacement has been designated by the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie;
  • commit to meet in person an average of 4 times per year; and
  • commit to attend additional meetings by teleconference, if needed.

Before being appointed, you must demonstrate that you have no conflict of interest related to the position and you must complete a declaration of interests to that effect.

How to submit your application

The application must be submitted by Thursday, May 30, 2019. Applications must include the following information:

  • a cover letter (3000 words maximum) where you explain how you meet the selection criteria in terms of your education and experience;
  • your resume; and
  • the names of two references and their contact information.

All documents can be submitted in English or French.

Send your application by email to: PCH.droitsic-cirights.PCH@canada.ca

Address your cover letter to:

Danielle Labbé
Manager
Human Rights Program
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy Street,13th floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5

The results of this process will be sent to all candidates at the address provided.

Note

Information sent by email is not protected. Avoid including sensitive personal information such as your social insurance number and date of birth in your application.

Privacy Notice Statement

The personal information you provide is collected for ministerial appointment purposes. This information may also be used to establish a roster of qualified candidates and for statistical reporting on diversity and employment equity. The information is collected under the authority of paragraph 4(2)(d) of the Department of Canadian Heritage Act and uses of this personal information is described in Standard Personal Information Bank PSU – Members of Boards, Committees and Councils.

Your personal information is protected under the provisions of the federal Privacy Act. Under this Act, you have the right to access your personal information and request changes to incorrect information. If you wish to avail yourself of this right or require clarification about this Privacy Notice Statement, contact the Director of Access to Information and Privacy, Canadian Heritage by email at: PCH.aiprp-atip.PCH@canada.ca.

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