About us

Since 1964, the CCLA has passionately defended the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of all Canadians through:
  • Public Education
  • Litigation
  • Citizen’s Engagement
  • Monitoring and Research

CCLET presents:

"That's Not Fair!"

An animated series of videos, online games, and lesson plans to introduce children ages 7-11 to critical thinking and the habits of democracy. Read more...
   
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust have created a guide to LGBTQ rights in schools. This resource will help students, allies, and teachers better understand students’ rights, and how to take positive action toward making schools a safer place for all. Click here to read the full guide

Education

Since the early 1990s, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust has developed a unique approach to teaching civil liberties in the classroom. The organization provides free workshops and seminars in schools and educational institutions to teach citizens about social justice, their rights and freedoms.Read more...

Fundamental Freedoms

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects those freedoms that are considered fundamental in a democratic society. These freedoms include:
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Freedom of Association
  • Freedom of Assembly
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Information
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Public Safety

The CCLA monitors the legal and policy frameworks that govern policing and the administration of justice in Canada to ensure that they are sufficiently respectful of civil liberties and Charter rights. This program includes:
  • Police Powers
  • Police Accountability
  • Privacy and Policing
  • Liberty and Due-Process
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National Security

Through litigation and advocacy, CCLA works for accountability and compliance with Canada"s legal obligations. The key issues are:
  • Privacy & National Security
  • Fair Trial & Due Process
  • Absolute Prohibition Against Torture
  • Security Certificates
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Equality

The equality program concerns all forms of discrimination, and seeks to promote fairness and equality in Canada. The following groups fall within the CCLA program:
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Immigration
  • LGBT
  • Race / Ethnicity / Religion
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Youth
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Recent work

Recent Work

RSS Rights Watch

  • Annual Amnesty International Report Released: Human Rights Situation in South Africa “Pretty Grim” March 1, 2015
    Amnesty International released its annual report on International Human Rights this week. The report details the status of human rights in countries around the world and highlights areas with room for improvement. The report on South Africa points to access to treatment for people living with HIV, decline in maternal deaths, increase in life expectancy, […]
  • Bill C-51 to receive further scrutiny February 28, 2015
    The Conservatives have agreed to hold an additional 6 days of meetings on Bill C-51 at the public safety committee of the House, tripling the amount of time the Conservatives originally allocated for hearings on the controversial bill. The move comes in response to an NDP filibuster and significant criticism (see here, here and here) […]
  • Manitoba Human Rights Commission releases report on service animals February 27, 2015
    As Winnipeg Free Press reports, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission has released a report addressing the obligations owed to persons who benefit from the assistance of a service animal. While service animals are commonly understood in the context of persons with physical disabilities, such as guide dogs for persons with visual impairments, concern has arisen about […]
  • Nunavut Considering Wellness Courts to Assist Mentally Ill and Addicted Offenders February 25, 2015
    The Nunavut Justice Department is looking into instituting wellness courts in order to assist mentally ill criminal offenders. Wellness courts have been instituted to assist offenders with mental illness and addition disorders. Offenders who suffer from these conditions can be sent to these specialized courts and are subject to intensive monitoring as opposed to incarceration, […]
  • Balancing Civil Liberties and Community Safety in the “Era of Terror” February 22, 2015
    Following the recommendations of the counter-terrorism review from August, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is scheduled to announce changes to national security later today. The anticipated changes include: developing an anti-extremism strategy, appointing a terrorism coordinator, and simplifying the terror threat alerts system. To justify the changes, Prime Minister Abbott is expected to reference the […]