As with all of the human rights protected in the Charter, the rights protected in s. 17 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.


There are a number of legitimate interventions in families presently provided for in legislation; for example, laws protecting women from domestic violence or protecting against child abuse. These forms of family intervention may impose reasonable limits on the rights in s. 17 in accordance with the requirements of s. 7. The specific legislation will nonetheless need to be vetted for compliance with the Charter under these Charter Guidelines.