Video - Introduction to The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

On April 17, 1982, the Constitution Act was adopted.

It guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms of all Canadians through The Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Fundamental Freedoms - The Charter protects the freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, and association.

Democratic Rights - The Charter protects rights that enable you to participate in the democratic process and have your voice heard in Parliament.

Mobility Rights - All Canadians have the right to enter, stay in and leave Canada. The Charter also guarantees that you can look for work or set up a business anywhere in Canada.

Legal Rights - The Charter provides a broad set of legal rights that protect us in our dealings with the justice system. It ensures that everyone is treated fairly during legal proceedings.

Equality Rights - Everyone has the right not to be discriminated against by the government based on race, religion, sex, abilities, origin, or sexual orientation.

Official Language Rights - English and French both have equal status, rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and Government of Canada.

Minority Language Education Rights - The Charter requires that provincial governments provide education to their citizens in the minority official language of the province, where numbers warrant.

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