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Your rights in Canada

A Canadian resident or citizen is entitled to certain rights and freedoms enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The laws and traditions along with the values shared in the constitution underline these rights:

  1. Equal voting rights and democratic rights.
  2. Legal rights and the right to a fair trial.
  3. All are equal in the eyes of the law and protection against discrimination.
  4. There are rights to a person’s mobility and all can move freely across the country and work anywhere they choose to.
  5. All people have the freedom of thought, speech, expression and peaceful assembly.
  6. The right to contest an election at the federal, provincial and territorial level.
  7. To apply for a Canadian passport.
  8. To enter and leave Canada freely without any hassles.
  9. To have the right to life, liberty and personal safety.
  10. To practice any religion and carry out community work of personal choice.

There is also a set of responsibilities that one should follow in accordance to the Canadian constitution. These go hand in hand with the other rights and safeguard all Canadians. These responsibilities include:

  1. Obeying Canadian laws.
  2. Helping others in the immediate neighbourhood and community.
  3. To express their opinions freely and also respect the differences, rights and freedoms of others.
  4. To follow democratic principles and not discriminate against race, sex or disabled persons.
  5. Not to violate human rights.
  6. Care for Canada’s heritage and culture.

It’s also important for all Canadians to participate in the electoral process, be informed about the political situation in the country and work towards building a better society for all Canadians.

Learn more about:

  • Rights for all
  • What is abuse?
  • Getting help for abuse
  • Legal assistance and support for senior citizens

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