What are my rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen?
Canadian citizens have certain rights and responsibilities.
What are my rights as a citizen?
If you are a Canadian citizen, your rights include:
- Democratic rights (for example, the right to vote)
- Language rights
- Equality rights
- Legal rights
- Mobility rights
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom of expression
- Freedom of assembly and association
Citizens also have the right to apply for a Canadian passport. A Canadian passport allows you to return to Canada at any time after travelling or living abroad.
Do I have responsibilities as a citizen?
As a Canadian citizen, you also have responsibilities:
- To respect the rights and freedoms of others
- To obey Canada's laws
- To participate in the democratic process
- To respect Canada's 2 official languages and multicultural heritage
You can read Rights and Responsibilities in Canada to find out more about your rights in Canada, and your rights as a Canadian citizen.
For More Information
- Canadian Heritage - This website promotes understanding of Canadian citizenship values. Provides information on multiculturalism, our official languages and Canadian sports, arts and heritage.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Offices Abroad - This is a listing compiled by Citizenship and Immigration Canada of missions abroad that process immigration applications.
- Cultural Access Pass for New Citizens - As a new Canadian citizen, you can use this pass to visit many cultural institutions in your region for free. This program was launched by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship.
- Dual Citizenship - This fact sheet, produced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, provides information on dual citizenship