As with all of the human rights protected in the Charter, the rights protected in s. 13 may be subject to reasonable limitations that can be demonstrably justified in a democratic society in accordance with s. 7 of the Charter.

For example, the right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interference with a person’s family and home may be reasonably limited by legislation that protects against child abuse. However, you will need to examine any proposed legislation, policy or program carefully to ensure that it meets the requirements for a reasonable limitation under the Charter. You should refer to Part 2 of these Charter Guidelines for further information on s. 7.