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


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Recent work

Recent Work

RSS Rights Watch

  • Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to appeal decision in TWU matter March 27, 2015
    The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has decided to appeal the Nova Scotia Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Western law school matter. Justice Campbell of Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court held that the Society acted unreasonably and beyond its authority when it decided not to recognize law degrees granted by TWU’s proposed law school unless the […]
  • Disrespect for Communities and InSite: Bill C-2 March 26, 2015
    Bill C-2, The Respect for Communities Act had it second reading in the Senate as of March 24th 2015. The Bill amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to: create a separate exemption regime for activities involving the use of a controlled substance; to specify the purposes for which an exemption may be granted for […]
  • Data retention law entrenches “passive surveillance” March 26, 2015
    The Australian Coalition Government and Labor Opposition joined forces to pass mandatory data retention laws Thursday morning. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 was introduced to assist authorities in combating terrorism and investigating serious crimes. The Bill requires telecommunications companies to retain clients’ metadata for two years. For the purposes of […]
  • Op-ed: Women-only gym hours about more than gender “segregation” March 26, 2015
    Note: This op-ed was originally published as a letter to the editor in the Montreal Gazette on March 25, 2015. On March 19, McGill University decided it would not establish women-only hours at McGill’s fitness centre. The request for women-only hours was initiated by two students, Soumia Allalou and Raymond Grafton. While Ms Allalou wears […]
  • Historic gay rights case challenges homophobic laws in Trinidad and Tobago, and Belize March 26, 2015
    Last week, Maurice Tomlinson was in front of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) presenting his case against anti-gay immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago, and Belize. Tomlinson, a prominent gay rights advocate, argued that the current immigration laws in the two countries, which bars certain ”undesirable” people from entering – a list that includes homosexuals, […]