Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms


The Canadian Charter of Rights Decisions Digest


Canadian Human Rights Act


The Ontario Human Rights Code


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Article 25.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  • (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.


OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says people whose Charter
Rights are breached can win damages, even if there was no misbehaviour on the part of the authorities.

The high court unanimously upheld $5,000 in damages given to Alan Cameron Ward, a Vancouver lawyer who was strip-searched in 2002 when he was wrongly suspected of plotting to pie then-prime minister Jean Chretien.

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Vancouver (City) v. Ward, 2010 SCC 27


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