Constitution Act, 1982 repatriated and Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrined in the Constitution
The Constitution Act, 1982 allowed the constitutional rights of the British Parliament to be brought back to Canada. This means that Canada can now amend its Constitution without British consent.
This legislation marked a turning point in the country’s history by incorporating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which sets out the rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are essential to the maintenance of a free and democratic society. The Charter also strengthens the language rights of official language minority communities. Section 23 of the Charter requires provincial and territorial governments to provide education to Canadians in the official language of their choice.
This Act also contains provisions concerning the Canadian government’s commitment to promote linguistic duality in Canadian society.