Programs that provide assistance for people who believe that they have been treated unfairly or denied normal privileges based on their age, gender, race or ethnocultural origin, nationality, religion, disability, source of income, sexual orientation, same-sex partner status, criminal convictions, political beliefs, marital status or family status. Discrimination protections may be covered by provisions of the Charter of Rights, but are more frequently addressed by statutory law at the federal, provincial or municipal level.
Organizations that work to protect the rights of people guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and which promote the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that extend individual rights or more effectively protect them. In Canada, these rights include the defined fundamental freedoms of conscience and religion; freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication; freedom of peaceful assembly; and freedom of association together with specific rights relating to democracy, mobility, equality, official languages, minority language education and legal rights.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.