Eldridge Decision

In the 1997 Eldridge v. British Columbia case, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down the decision that, quote:

“Failure to provide sign language interpreters – who are, in fact, necessary for effective communication for the procurement of medical services – is a violation of equality rights under section 15(1) of the Charter…”

In that case the ruling further outlined that:

“…any health care service, facility, or good that receives federal funding, whether directly or indirectly, must provide accessibility to those services, facilities, and goods for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise disabled or handicapped.”

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