scolaire francophone de la Colombie‑Britannique v. British Columbia - 2013 SCC 42 holds:
 However, the Charter also reflects a recognition that Canada is a federation and that each province has a role to play in the protection and advancement of the country's official languages. This is evident from ss. 16 to 20, which require bilingualism in the federal government, in Parliament, in courts established by Parliament, and in the province of New Brunswick. The Charter does not require any province other than New Brunswick to provide for court proceedings in both official languages. In addition, s. 16(3) provides that the legislatures may act to advance the use of English and French. In my view, therefore, while it is true that the Charter reflects the importance of language rights, it also reflects the importance of respect for the constitutional powers of the provinces. Federalism is one of Canada's underlying constitutional principles: Reference re Secession of Quebec, at paras. 55-60. Thus, it is not inconsistent with Charter values for the British Columbia legislature to restrict the language of court proceedings in the province to English.