Ontario court upholds human rights decision on freedom of expression and union speech

By on May 30, 2014

On May 28, 2014, Ontario’s Divisional Court released its decision in Taylor-Baptiste v. OPSEU, confirming the right of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to consider Charter values, including freedom of expression, when assessing whether there has been discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code. The CCLA had intervened in the case to promote a robust [...]

Director of Administration – Job Posting

By on May 30, 2014


Full-time senior level position

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is one of Canada’s leading civil liberties organizations with an energetic and highly dedicated staff who are committed to advancing civil liberties and human rights in Canada. The Director of Administration will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure a positive [...]

International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations Conference: “No country for civil society – What strategies can human rights organizations follow under increasingly authoritarian regimes?”

By on May 30, 2014

International conference of leading human rights organizations: “No country for civil society – What strategies can human rights organizations follow under increasingly authoritarian regimes?” – May 30 2014

Representatives of leading human rights organizations from around the world, met at a conference in Hungary to examine the following questions: how to survive in a hostile environment; [...]

CCLA Reacts to Nomination of new Privacy Commissioner

By on May 29, 2014

Prime Minister Harper announced his nomination of Daniel Therrien as the next Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  Mr. Therrien is currently serving as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio, at the Department of Justice and the appointment will have to be approved by resolution of the House of Commons and Senate.   [...]

CCLA Marks 100 Years Since the Komogata Maru, and the Legacy of Canadian Immigration Policy

By on May 23, 2014

The past has much to teach us if we choose to learn. Specifically, history shows us the dangers of vilifying and/or discriminating against migrants. The story of the Komagata Maru is one such story.

One hundred years ago today the ship Komagata Maru arrived in Canada carrying immigrants ready to start a new life in this [...]

Press Release: CCLA Challenges Constitutionality Of Privacy Legislation

By on May 22, 2014



Toronto -  The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has launched a constitutional challenge to parts of the federal privacy legislation that effectively permits private companies to engage in warrantless disclosure of personal information to government. The challenge is part of CCLA’s ongoing work in the [...]

CCLA supports students to launch court challenge of mandatory prom Breathalyzer

By on May 21, 2014

Recently the Canadian Civil Liberties Association wrote to Northern Secondary School outlining the organization’s concerns with the school’s plans to make every student entering the prom undergo a Breathalyzer test.  On Tuesday, May 20th, CCLA-cooperating pro bono lawyers filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice requesting a declaration that the proposed policy violates [...]

CCLA Challenges Federal Privacy Legislation

By on May 21, 2014

Click here to read the Toronto Star‘s front page coverage of CCLA’s challenge.

CCLA is bringing an Application in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice to challenge parts of Canada’s federal private-sector privacy legislation, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  This is the law that regulates how personal information is collected, used and disclosed [...]

Toronto Event – “Standing Room Only III: An Evening of Shoe Stories From Around the Globe”

By on May 20, 2014

When: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014. 7:30 p.m., Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, 14 Elm Street, Toronto, ON

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is delighted to invite you to The Shoe Project’s performance, ”Standing Room Only III: An Evening of Shoe Stories From Around the Globe.”

The Shoe Project is an exciting, ongoing writing workshop for women [...]

CCLA launches new report on police record checks

By on May 17, 2014

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has released a report, False promises, hidden costs: the case for reframing employment and volunteer police record check practices in Canada, questioning the value of widespread police record checks and shining a light on the damaging individual and societal consequences of current practices.

Download CCLA’s press release.
Visit the report website [...]