As with all of the human rights protected in the Charter, the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of association may be subject to reasonable limitations that can be demonstrably justified in a democratic society in accordance with s. 7 of the Charter. You should refer to Part 2 of these Charter Guidelines for further information on s. 7.


For example, in respect of the right to peaceful assembly, public nuisance laws may impose reasonably justified limits on this right. Laws restricting a person’s right to engage in a non-violent assembly that is likely to create public disorder may also be justified. In both cases you will need to carefully examine the relevant legislation or policy in light of s. 7.