Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 1982

Category: Legislation
Sub Category:Legislation
Summary Information:
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms forms a part of the Canadian Constitution and sets out the rights and freedoms believed necessary to a free and democratic Canadian society. It came into effect on 17 April 1982 as a part of the package of reforms contained in the Constitution Act, 1982. The Charter covers subjects including:
  • Freedom of expression;
  • Democratic government;
  • Right to live and seek employment anywhere in Canada;
  • Legal rights of persons accused of criminal offences;
  • Rights of Aboriginal Peoples;
  • Rights to equality, including that between women and men;
  • Protection of cultural heritage; and
  • Right to use either of Canada’s official languages. As the Charter is a part of the Constitution, other Canadian laws which limit its protections may be rendered invalid. Similarly, governments must attempt to ensure that new laws proposed are consistent with it.

  • Related Entries

  • Government of Canada
  • Legislation
  • Constitution Act 1982
  • Policy/Strategy
  • Comprehensive Land Claims Policy 1973
  • Community-Based Self-Government Policy 1990
  • Inherent Right of Self-Government Policy 1995

  • References

    Government of Canada - Department of Justice (1982) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms