We celebrate Equality Day to mark the coming into force of the equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on April 17, 1985. The Charter was signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on April 17, 1982. However, Section 15 was not implemented for another three years, to allow federal, provincial, and territorial governments to analyze all their laws and amend them as necessary.
On Equality Day Canadians everywhere can celebrate the inclusion of Sections 15 and 28 in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which forms part of the Canadian Constitution.
Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms states:
15.(1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
(2) Subsection (1) does not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantage individuals or groups including those that are disadvantage because of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.
Section 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms states:
28. Notwithstanding anything in this Charter, the rights and freedoms referred to in it are guaranteed equally to male and female persons.
Women from across Canada gathered at the Women and the Constitution Conference on February 14, 1981 to lobby for the inclusion of these provisions.
Taken from: http://www.etfo.ca/AdvocacyandAction/...
An Equity & Diversity Calendar Resource List has been created in MediaNet. Click the link below to go to the Resource List page and then click on the Equity and Diversity Calendar heading to see the complete list. There is a PDF and an active list link for each topic.