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. []
  • Learn more about the proclamation document, including why the second copy had a red stain at Canada’s Got Treasures! []
  • 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.

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!

1 thought on “Proclamation of the Constitution Act, 1982

  1. The British North America Act 1867 has yet to receive Royal Assent. Even if it had it was abolished in 1893 by the Statute Law Revision Act.

    Because of the peculiarity of Elizabeth the Charter of rights and Freedoms is confined to the first 11 words contained in the preamble.

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