About us

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

 
       

 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.

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CCLA and Osgoode Hall's Institute for Feminist Legal Studies: Gendering Civil Liberties - a symposium

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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

  • Deferring away Liberty: Prisoner’s rights and the difficulty in using the Charter August 18, 2014
    Case law focusing on prisoner’s rights has created substantive rights for inmates while they remain behind bars.  The advent of the Charter undoubtedly impacted prisoner’s rights jurisprudence, but to what extent? One could probably create a list of the rights that prisoner’s have gained post-Charter, but there remains a reliance on pre-Charter jurisprudence […]
  • Supreme Court Rules “Mr. Big” Confessions Presumptively Inadmissible August 6, 2014
    Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on the admissibility of confessions from “Mr. Big” operations could prompt the review of dozens of convictions, the CBC reports. The Supreme Court’s decision in R v Hart examined the use of “Mr. Big” sting operations, in which undercover police officers pose as criminals in order to elicit a confession from a suspect. […]
  • Report on Toronto Police Use of Lethal Force calls for ‘zero deaths’ police culture August 5, 2014
    On July 24th, a comprehensive report carried out by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci on how Toronto police should deal with people in crisis was released, reports the Globe and Mail . The report proposes 84 in-depth recommendations for the Toronto Police use-of-force model. Police Chief Bill Blair ordered the report last August after […]
  • P.E.I. rate of jailing before trial Canada’s lowest July 29, 2014
    The Canadian Civil Liberties Association released a report last week titled “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. The report reveals that more than half of th […]
  • Wheelchair user says basic human rights are being ignored in N.S. July 22, 2014
    After suffering from Encephalitis, Halifax-resident Denise Fitzgerald became wheelchair-bound and was released from the hospital this past January, writes Global News . It was this experience that caused her to notice the accessibility issues in Halifax. Finding accessible apartments, medical offices, stores, restaurants in Halifax is a challenge, according […]

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.

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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 [...]