The Acorn test was developed by the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust as a tool for helping individuals decide whether or not a limit to a right or freedom is fair and reasonable. Its name comes from the fact that the Acorn test is a simplified (mini) version of the Oakes test, which was devised by Supreme Court of Canada judges in the case of R. v. Oakes to analyse the reasonableness of limitations to Charter rights and freedoms.
Click HERE to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and under
Click HERE to see an interactive explanation of CCLET’s Acorn test, suitable for learners aged 12 and up.
*Viewing tip: It’s best to view the presentation in full-screen mode (click on the bottom right corner of the viewing window). Navigate through the presentation by clicking the arrow buttons on the bottom of the viewing window.