The Constitution is a set of laws containing the basic rules about how our country operates. For example, it contains the powers of the federal government and those of the provincial governments in Canada. It outlines Canada's system of government, as well as the civil rights of all Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and newcomers. Part 1 of the Constitution is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (see Charter of Rights and Freedoms).
For more information about Canada’s Constitution, visit www.laws.justice.gc.ca.