By Alan Kilpatrick
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force 33 years ago on April 17th, 1982. Did you know that the Section 15 of the charter came into effect 30 years ago today on April 17th, 1985? Section 15 guarantees our equality rights and sets out that everyone in Canada is considered equal before the law regardless of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age or physical or mental disability.
Equality before and under law and equal protection and benefit of law
- (1) 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.
(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. (84)
The Charter Project is marking today’s important anniversary. Founded by students at the University Of Windsor Faculty Of Law, the project encourages Canadians to learn more about the Charter. The Charter Projects website explains,
As millions of people around the world face discrimination based on their personal characteristics, April 17, 2015 will mark 30 years of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms’ protection of Equality Rights in Section 15.
At the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, the Class of 2012 knew that their graduation coincided with the Charter’s 30th anniversary and decided to do something to recognize it. The Charter Project continues to promote discussion on the Charter by commemorating the 30th anniversary of Section 15 Equality Rights.
The Charter Project is sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association, Windsor Law, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Law Foundation of Ontario, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine, McCarthy Tetralt, and the County of Carleton Law Association.
Legal Sourcery encourages you to join the discussion about the importance of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms today.