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The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

When moving to Canada, it is important to know what rights you have on arrival and throughout your stay.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees certain political rights to Canadian citizens and civil rights to everyone in the country, from the policies and actions of all areas and levels of government. The Charter forms the bedrock of Canadian political, civil and social society.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms forms the first part of the Constitution Act, 1982. Here are some protections that the Charter guarantees:

· freedom of religion, of thought, of expression, of the press and of peaceful assembly

· the right to participate in political activities and the right to a democratic government

· the freedom to move around and live within Canada, and to leave Canada

· legal rights such as the right to life, liberty and security

· equality rights

· language rights

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