Government of New Brunswick

In New Brunswick, as in the rest of Canada, you are protected by a number of laws, rights and freedoms.

Your rights and freedoms in New Brunswick

Your rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms include:

  • the right to follow your religious beliefs;
  • freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, and the right to express your opinions;
  • the right to gather with others for peaceful meetings or events; and
  • the freedom to associate with other people of your choosing.

Permanent residents also have the right to travel within the country freely, without a passport.

New Brunswickers are protected from discrimination by the New Brunswick Human Rights Act.

Women have full equal rights under the law in Canada, and may not be discriminated against because of their gender. Domestic or family violence is against the law. If anyone is being abused by a family member, he or she is encouraged to call 9-1-1 for help.

Womens’ shelters are safe places where women and children can escape violent situations. They are listed in telephone directories.

The legal system in New Brunswick
Recent statistics show New Brunswick is one of the safest provinces in Canada, with one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

Our communities are kept safe by a combination of national (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and municipal police forces.

Legal services
Everyone in Canada, whether a citizen or a permanent resident, has equal access to the justice system. Refer to Canadian law and your rights as a permanent resident.

Lawyers and legal services can be found in your local telephone directory listings, or by asking friends for a recommendation. New Brunswick also has a Legal Aid Services Commission. Family Law includes child custody and visiting rights, child and spousal support, property division and child protection.

Fraud and scams
As in any other country, there are people who may try to defraud individuals out of their money and possessions. These tricks and frauds are often referred to as “scams.” Protect yourself by reviewing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police site to scams and frauds.