Canadian Charter of Learners’ Rights

We believe that Canadian secondary students are instrumentally important as stakeholders in their education. From Toronto to Atlantic Canada, British Columbia to Nunavut, every student deserves to be treated in a way that is fair, equitable, and inclusive.

That is why the FCSS-FESC is proud to introduce its public consultation for the Canadian Charter of Learners’ Rights. We want to hear an array of perspectives from a wide variety of stakeholders including students, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and many more. We want to hear from you!



Get Involved

Your input is essential to help us develop the most inclusive and representative Canadian Charter of Learners’ Rights that can be applied to diverse students in schools across Canada. Get involved in our online consultation in three easy steps:



Fundamental Rights

Every student has the right to pursue their individual desires, ambitions, and goals in life, that education should provide students with the abilities, skills, and resources that are necessary to increase their development and prepare students to meet the challenges of the diverse, complicated, and interconnected world.

Accessibility Rights

All students have the right to an education that is attainable and possible for everyone, regardless of geographic, physical, intellectual, financial or other existent barriers including a curriculum which is accessible, understandable, and which can be learned, in accordance with their personal ability.

Equality Rights

Every student has the right to learn in a diverse and inclusive environment that is respectful and welcoming of all individuals; and does not discriminate against any student(s) because of their personal identity, gender, and religion, and the right to demand redress in cases where their rights have been violated.

Fair Standards

Every student has the right to clear and transparent standards, which must be applied to determine a student’s grade for assignments and assessments. These standards are to apply to all students equally, regardless of teacher, class, school, board, region, or province and recognizing accommodation for special circumstances.

Utility Rights

Recognizing that education must provide students with useful, applicable, and essential skills to enable them to participate actively in society and pursue their desired goals and career paths, the curriculum offered is of vital importance, including the right to all skills necessary and prerequisite to their individual self-actualization as human beings.