Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982

Did you know that April 17, 2012, marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982?

Signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on April 17, 1982, the proclamation declared that the Constitution Act, 1982, came into force that day. The new Constitution was accompanied by a charter of rights and freedoms, and an amending formula that would no longer require an appeal to the British Parliament.

Visit our gallery entitled The Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982 to browse the digitized proclamation and related photographs. Originally created for an exhibition showcased in 2010, the gallery also offers additional information on this important milestone in Canada’s history.

Additional Resources

  • Access audiovisual clips of the signing from the CBC Digital Archives. [www.archives.cbc.ca/politics/constitution/clips/13264/]
  • Learn more about the proclamation document, including why the second copy had a red stain at Canada’s Got Treasures! [www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/expositions-exhibitions/tresors-treasures/?page_id=2537&lang=en]
  • Check out How Canadians Govern Themselves (AMICUS No. 37827449), a book by the late Senator Eugene Forsey, for more information about Canada’s Constitution and system of government.

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