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Young people

Young people have rights!

Young people have the right to receive health services and education, the right to play and rest, the right to be protected from violence and discrimination, and the right to be heard.

Adults, including your parents, teachers and organizations like the Commission, must pay attention to what you say and must help you defend your rights.

There are a variety of laws that guarantee your rights. These laws also describe adults’ obligations toward young people.

  • What are my rights? Which laws protect me?

    What are my rights? Which laws protect me?

    Everyone in Québec who is under age 18 is protected by:

    The Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

    • The Charter guarantees young people and adults the same human rights, like the rights to life, inviolability and freedom of expression.
    • The Charter also protects young people from discrimination, harassment and bullying.
    • The Charter requires your parents to give you the protection, security and attention you need.
    • The Charter guarantees you access to free public education. You may also attend a private school if your parents prefer.
    • The Charter guarantees that your parents can decide together about things that affect you.

    Learn more about the Charter


    The International Convention on the Rights of the Child

    The Convention guarantees you the right to life, survival and development. You have the right:

    • to live with your parent(s), unless it is bad for you
    • to express your views and have adults listen to you and take you seriously
    • to choose your own friends and join or set up groups, as long as it isn’t harmful to others
    • to food, clothing, a safe living environment and the healthcare you require
    • to have or choose your own culture, language and religion

    Learn more about the Convention


    If you need protection, or if the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) is involved in your life, you are also protected by:

    The Youth Protection Act

    You have rights even when the Director of Youth Protection (DYP) is part of your life.
    Your rights under the DYP

    Learn more about the Youth Protection Act


    If you are suspected of having committed a criminal offence, you are also protected by:

    The Youth Criminal Justice Act

    The Youth Criminal Justice Act holds young people accountable for their actions and encourages them to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society. One of the ways it does this is through extrajudicial measures, which are measures that do not involve going through the courts.

    Learn more about the Youth Criminal Justice Act

  • How can the Commission help me?

    How can the Commission help me?

    The Commission can help you understand and defend your rights.

    Learn about your rights

    • Explore our website to learn about your rights and obligations.
    • If you have a question about your rights, contact us!

    If the Commission is unable to help you, we will refer you to the organizations or institutions that can.

    Contact us


    Stand up for your rights

    You should complain to the Commission if you think:

    • you have experienced discrimination or harassment on the basis of your personal characteristics.

    You should request intervention if you think:

    • your rights have been violated (under the responsibility of the DYP)

    File a complaint Request intervention


    Help promote young people’s human rights!

    • Follow us on Instagram and YouTube.
    • Ask us about training activities for your school or group to learn more about young people’s rights.
    • Ask us for free leaflets and brochures to hand out at school and events.

    Request training activities   Request printed material