The right to freedom of expression is very broad and intersects with a wide variety of rights.


It is expected that policy officers will frequently be required to balance s. 15 with other Charter rights, for example:

  • right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief, especially the right to manifest a person’s religion or belief (s. 14);
  • the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association (s. 16);
  • the right to take part in public life (s. 18);
  • cultural rights, especially the right of persons with a particular religious background to declare or practice their religion and the right to persons with a particular linguistic background to use their language (s. 19);
  • rights in criminal proceedings, especially a person’s right not to be compelled to testify against himself or herself or to confess guilt (s. 25(2)(k)).