Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities (2006)
The key to living better together
Inspired by important documents, such as The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and those on human rights in Québec and Canada, the Task Force on Democracy spent a great deal of time on developing the Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. The Charter, unanimously adopted by city council, came into force on January 1, 2006. It acts as a guideline for all aspects of municipal activities. The document invites citizens to work with Montréal to improve the quality of life, inspired not only by the rights and responsibilities, but also the values it sets out.
A charter for citizens
Developed by and for citizens, this fundamental document is often cited by the international community, notably by UNESCO, as an exemplary tool promoting municipal democracy and the inclusion of all citizens.
A rich and enduring text
The Charter focuses on the values of human dignity, justice, peace, equality, transparency and democracy. Those same values are the foundation for the human rights recognized by the United Nations.
The Charter sets out rights and responsibilities pertaining to democratic life and citizen participation, economic and social life, culture and heritage, leisure, physical and sports activities, environment and sustainable development, safety and municipal services in general. It provides an application mechanism, the Ombudsman de Montréal, for citizens who believe that their rights have been violated.
One of the ultimate goals of the Montréal Charter is to help citizens to live better together, an end-purpose permeating the history of Montréal, as its motto is Concordia Salus, salvation through harmony. And we owe this motto to Jacques Viger, the first mayor of Montréal, in 1833.