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 Work

RSS Rights Watch

  • Friendly Manitoba (If you are not Indigenous) January 31, 2015
    The Canadian Press obtained Federal Government documents – AANDC Manitoba regional updates from 2012 to 2014 via access-to-information legislation – that exposed the dire circumstances of First Nations people in Manitoba. The report stated that First Nations in Manitoba have greater health risks, including a life expectancy 8 years less than other Manitobans; live in greater poverty, […]
  • Controversial University of Moncton sparks debate January 30, 2015
    This week, University of Moncton’s communications director commented on a controversial advertisement for the university as having increased interest in the New Brunswick university. The 30 second video contains a scene of two students kissing in a library, and has attracted scrutiny from Marie-Noëlle Ryan, president of University of Moncton’s Professor’s association, who suggested the […]
  • New Bill Threatens Privacy, Liberty and Citizenship January 30, 2015
    Bill C-44 was tabled by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney. The Bill named, An Act to amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts will have large repercussions on privacy and Canadian citizenship. On January 28th it was reported back to the House without amendment and it received concurrence at the Report Stage […]
  • B.C.’s Privacy Commissioner Releases Report Suggesting Improvements for Reporting of Data Breaches January 29, 2015
    A recent report by B.C.’s privacy commissioner claims that there is room for improvement in the provincial government’s approach to reporting privacy violations and suspected data breaches. In her report, Elizabeth Denham said “the government system of managing privacy breaches is solid.” The government has a firm foundation for addressing privacy violations, and breaches are […]
  • Éditorial: Ottawa ne veut pas de la peine capitale, mais prône pour la prison à vie sans possibilité de libération January 27, 2015
    Bon. Le gouvernement conservateur a beau nous dire qu’il ne veut pas rouvrir le débat sur la peine capitale, il s’assure de trouver une solution équivalente. La Presse nous apprend que le gouvernement fédéral jongle avec l’idée d’imposer des peines de prison à vie sans possibilité de remise en liberté conditionnelle. En résumé, le gouvernement […]