The Charter and Multiculturalism

The Canadian Charter bans discrimination based on race, ethnicity or national origin, religion, sex, mental or physical disability. This list is not exhaustive, which means that courts may admit other grounds for discrimination.

The Charter also contains a provision aimed at preserving and promoting the multicultural heritage of Canadians. With it, the Charter protects both Canada's official languages, English and French, the right to public education in the minority language, and ancestral rights of Aboriginals.