The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects a number of rights and freedoms, including freedom of expression and the right to equality. It forms part of our Constitution – the highest law in all of Canada – and is one of our country’s greatest accomplishments.

In 2019, the Charter turns 37. Follow us on Twitter @JusticeCanadaEN and on Facebook @JusticeCanadaEn as all throughout April, we take a trip down memory lane through 1982, highlighting key moments leading up to the signing of the Charter. Tell us how you will be celebrating the Charter!

Learn about the Charter

The Charter’s history, how it has shaped Canada, and how it protects your rights

Examples of Charter-related cases

Examples of cases that had an impact on Canadian society


Summaries of each Charter section, its purpose, and how it was developed

Get a copy

The Charter is available in HTML and can also be downloaded in PDF or Braille Ready Format.

The rights and freedoms the Charter protects

A list of the rights and freedoms laid out in the Charter

Charter statements

A Statement identifies potential effects that a bill may have on rights and freedoms

Graphics and learning resources

Shareable graphics, posters and infobites about the Charter

Principles guiding the Attorney General of Canada in Charter litigation

"Principles guiding the Attorney General of Canada in Charter litigation", which sets out 6 principles that guide litigation strategy in Charter challenges.

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