What's in this guide
According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
In Canada, both the federal and provincial governments share jurisdiction over human rights. Jurisdiction is determined by the constitutional division of powers.
Human rights law intersects with constitutional law in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.