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


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

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

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


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

Recent Work

Recent Posts

RSS Rights Watch

  • Verdict Delivered in High-Profile South African Shooting Case December 9, 2014
    Shrien Dewani was found not guilty yesterday of the 2010 shooting death of his wife Anni Dewani. Ms. Dewani was shot to death during a suspected carjacking while the couple were on their honeymoon just outside of Cape Town. Judge Traverso found that the prosecution’s evidence was plagued with inconsistencies and subsequently dismissed the case. This […]
  • CPI: les poursuites contre le président kenyan sont abandonnées December 6, 2014
    La CPI a annoncé, vendredi le 5 décembre, l’abandon des poursuites contre Uhuru Kenyatta, l’actuel président du Kenya. Étant le premier président en exercice à être accusé, il faisait face à des charges de crime contre l’humanité. Kenyatta était accusé avec 5 autres de ses collaborateurs. Les gestes lui étant reprochés remontent à 2007.  Suivant […]
  • Op-ed: Law professor’s words highlight how the personal is still the political November 30, 2014
    Should professional women’s personal lives have anything to do with their careers? One law professor doesn’t have the answer to that question, but her words make clear that regardless of whether they “should”, they certainly do. Osgoode Hall Law School professor Susan Drummond says she stands in solidarity with Manitoba judge Lori Douglas. Douglas decided [. […]
  • Yukon Justice Critic Calls for End to Solitary Confinement November 28, 2014
    Lois Moorcroft, NDP Justice Critic for the Yukon, is calling on the Yukon government to cease the use of solitary confinement at the Whitehorse Correction Centre. According to Ms. Moorcroft inmates at the corrections facility have be known to spend upwards of 15 days in solitary confinement. United Nations experts stated in 2011 that prolonged […]
  • Quebec daycare workers protest over continuing reforms November 28, 2014
    The Quebec Liberal (PLQ) government’s recent changes to provincial subsidized daycare costs, including raised fees and potential fines for parents who hold “ghost spots,” have not been well-received by daycare workers, working class parents, and opposition parties. In early November, thousands of daycare workers and families participated in province-wide pro […]


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Canadian Civil Liberties Association Releases Report, “Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has released a report: Set Up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention, which questions the extensive rise in pre-trial custody populations and identifies the extreme personal and financial costs of current practices in Canadian bail courts.

Download the full report, Set Up to Fail: Bail and [...]


Canada’s Universal Periodic Review

On April 26 Canada will undergo its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique global accountability process that allows all members of the UN Human Rights Council to review Canada’s compliance with international human rights law.  CCLA believes this is an important process and was pleased to participate in a pre-session with states allowing us [...]


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AUDIO: CCLA’s NGO Report To The UN For Canada’s 2nd UPR Review

CCLA’s Sukanya Pillay, Director of the National Security Program, speaks to RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda about CCLA’s recent report to the UN – the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers, the right to peaceful protest, and  the number of Aboriginal women in Canadian prisons, are some of the issues raised by CCLA as part [...]

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CCLA partners with #G20Romp on post-show panel discussions!

Watch the above video to hear from CCLA’s Director of Public Safety Abby Deshman on G20 Toronto, policing at protests and You Should Have Stayed Home.

CCLA is partnering with Praxis Theatre throughout their National Tour of You Should Have Stayed Home, a performance piece about the largest peacetime mass arrest in Canadian history. Written by Tommy Taylor, the play [...]