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How to Cite the Charter of Rights


The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a bill of rights rooted in the Constitution of Canada; it forms the first portion of the Constitutional Act of 1982. This charter is a legal document and intended to guarantee political rights to Canadian citizens, and is therefore cited slightly differently than non-legal documents.

Three Style Guides: Different Rules

MLA style refers to uniform legal citation styles for the country of the legislation, so for Canadian legal documents, the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 7th ed. should be used in this format: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s2, Part 1 of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c11. Web). APA style cites legal sources as works with no author: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s 2, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11. Chicago style varies little from APA style: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

About the Author

Alyssa Sellors has been in the field of education for five years, teaching English and journalism at the high school level. In addition to teaching, she has also advised the school newspaper and currently advises the yearbook. As a yearbook adviser, she speaks at national conventions hosted by Journalism Educator’s Association and the National Scholastic Press Association.

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