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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is, by all accounts, an essential part of Canada’s democracy. It’s also celebrated around the world as one of our country’s greatest accomplishments.
Entrenched as Part 1 of Canada’s Constitution on April 17, 1982, the Canadian Charter sets out the rights and freedoms that are guaranteed to every person residing in Canada. And for the last four decades, it has served to protect those rights and freedoms from governmental breaches.
Here, in honour of its 40th birthday, we take a closer look at the role the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has played—and continues to play—in defending, enhancing, and advancing human rights in Canada and beyond.