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Canada recognizes and upholds the rights and freedoms of every resident and citizen. This section has links to information about laws, charters, and other measures that protect your rights and freedoms in order for you to live up to your fullest potential.


Quick Facts

  • Historically, Canada has been regarded as a pioneer in the field of human rights.
  • According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission, human rights define what we are all entitled to — a life of equality, dignity, and respect.
  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first new national museum situated outside of Canada’s Capital Region.

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Rights and Freedoms Resources

Learn all about your rights and duties in Canada as enclosed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. You can read Your Guide to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in its entirety here.

Understand your permanent resident status briefs PR holders about their rights, responsibilities, and what differentiates them from a citizen, temporary resident, or refugee.

Learn all about Human Rights at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission site and the Human Rights Program.

Click here to know the rights and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen.

Learn more about gender equality and the rights of women in Canada.

Protections from discrimination based on gender identity. Your Rights, Your Obligations details your rights as related to your gender listed in The Human Rights Code (Manitoba) to protect yourself against discrimination in matters of employment, services and housing.

Know your rights: A citizen’s guide to rights when dealing with police is a pamphlet produced by the Canadian Civil Liberties Organization.

Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for an inspiring journey towards learning about human rights.

Newest Rights and Freedoms Articles

Census basics and safety tips

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So you received mail from Statistics Canada asking you to fill out a questionnaire. And you’re wondering: I’m not a… Read more »

The Census: What it is and why you need to be counted

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Every five years, Canada holds a census. It is done to provide a “statistical portrait” of the country and its… Read more »

What does “discrimination” mean?

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Have you ever felt belittled or dismissed without even doing anything? Or perhaps you’ve been treated negatively or made fun… Read more »

Canada’s electoral system

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The 2015 federal elections may have made you curious about how Canadians elect their leaders. The following information will help… Read more »

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