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 Posts

RSS Rights Watch

  • President of Police Association: Time to Arm Police Officers October 18, 2014
    Greg O’Connor, the President of New Zealand’s Police Association, opined that with the frequency of armed incidents on the rise, it is “[t]ime to get real and arm our police.” New Zealand Police (NZP) typically do not carry firearms. They do, however, have access to an arsenal of non-lethal weapons, such as batons, pepper spray, […]
  • Canadian Museum For Human Rights October 18, 2014
    The first national museum located outside of Ottawa, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opened its doors on September 19th in Winnipeg. This impressive piece of architecture is located near the site of the Red River Rebellion on Treaty One land. The museum features various exhibits focusing on topics such as residential schools, the Winnipeg […]
  • Vancouver Police Wear Body-Mounted Cameras For Oppenheimer Park Evictions October 18, 2014
    The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) equipped officers with wearable cameras to encourage transparency and “prevent people from acting in a difficult or violent manner” during Wednesday’s Oppenheimer Park evictions, reports the CBC. The VPD announced the body-mounted camera program as a pilot project in late 2013. The project is associated with the force’s […]
  • Criminal Wiretap Evidence Admissible in Civil Proceedings October 17, 2014
    The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the Quebec Superior Court’s decision that wiretap evidence obtained as part of a criminal investigation can be subject to disclosure as evidence in civil proceedings. This decision will likely have impacts on individuals or corporations facing regulatory offences, “white-collar” criminal charges, or competition accusa […]
  • Conservatives to Expand CSIS Powers October 17, 2014
    Public Safety Minister Stephen Blaney will table a bill when Parliament returns next week to expand the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s powers. The legislation is a response to the growing number of Canadian citizens traveling abroad to fight for extremist groups like ISIS, as well as a Supreme Court decision in May that declined to […]

Features

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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 [...]

Op-Ed

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 [...]

Multimedia

Audio Audio

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 [...]