THE CHARTER

Guaranteed Rights and Freedoms for All

“Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms: (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d) freedom of association.

Section 15 states THAT:

“Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.”

the Charter applies to the government – that is, the government is responsible to abide by the Charter.

Citizens are protected by the Charter, but they are not obligated to uphold it.

Instead, interactions between citizens are regulated by federal and provincial human rights legislation.

As National Post journalist Brian Platt points out:

 “Although no group is entitled to receive a discretionary government grant, the government is still required to adhere to the Charter in how it administers programs and funding opportunities” 

Jan 2018 – Brian Platt