If you are moving to Canada, you should know what your rights and responsibilities are as a permanent resident.
Next Stop Canada can help! Read through our list of important rights and responsibilities before you arrive.
You have the right to:
1. Access most benefits offered by the Canadian government.
- This includes health care and educational funding.
2. Study at any school.
- This includes high schools, colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions.
3. Live and work anywhere in Canada.
- Research the Canadian labour market before you arrive to learn about job opportunities across Canada.
4. Apply for Canadian citizenship.
- View eligibility and guidelines provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/become.asp
5. Receive protection under the Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
- These two documents ensure all those residing in Canada live in an inclusive society.
Other rights for everyone in Canada:
You have the responsibility to:
1. Respect the rights and freedoms of others.
- It is equally important to respect others’ rights and freedoms as your own.
2. Obey Canada’s laws.
- Everyone is obligated to follow the laws set out by Canada’s judicial system. These laws ensure safety and security for everyone in Canada.
3. Respect Canada’s official languages and multicultural heritage.
- Canada has two official languages: English and French. The Canadian government promotes the use of both languages.
- Canada embraces multiculturalism in law and in practice, which is why all cultures and nationalities are celebrated.