Rights and Responsibilities
Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian citizens are guaranteed the right to:
be a candidate in federal, provincial and territorial elections;
be educated in either official language;
apply for a Canadian passport;
vote in federal, provincial and territorial elections; and
enter and leave Canada freely.
Citizenship also brings responsibilities. For example,voting in elections is both a right and a responsibility. Before you read the next section, review the list of rights and try to think of the responsibilities that come with them.
As Canadian citizens, we share the responsibility to:
vote in elections;
help others in the community;
care for and protect our heritage and environment;
obey Canada's laws;
express opinions freely while respecting the rights and freedoms of others; and
eliminate discrimination and injustice.
Getting involved in Canada
Being a Canadian citizen is more than voting and obeying laws. Being a citizen also means getting involved in your community and your country. Everyone has something to give to make Canada a better place. Here are some ways to participate:
Join a community group such as an environmental group.
Volunteer to work on an election campaign for a candidate of your choice.
Help your neighbours.
Work with others to solve problems in your community.
Become a candidate in an election.