The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

One of the most progressive Charters in the world

Quebec is the only province that has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms that is not a simple anti-discriminatory statute, but a genuine fundamental law. Inaugurated in 1975, the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms takes precedence over other laws and has almost the status of a constitution.

This charter sets out the values of respect, tolerance and moderation so greatly valued by Quebec society. It is one of the most progressive and highly-developed charters of human rights in the world because it includes socio-economic rights such as child protection, education, financial assistance, working conditions and equality between spouses.

Over the years, the Charter, which is by no means static, was amended to reflect social change (especially as regards the rights of seniors, the disabled and ethnic minorities).