35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Celebrating the Charter

April 17, 2017 is the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Charter 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. Learn more about these rights and freedoms and join other Canadians in celebrating this important anniversary.


Learn about the Charter

Learn about the rich history of the Charter and why it matters to all Canadians

Charter-related cases

Read about Charter-related cases that shaped our nation

Find and share resources

Discover printable and shareable resources to celebrate the Charter in your community


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The Charter in photos

Crowds at signing of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982

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