CCLA actively stands up to power by fighting against rights violations, abuse of police powers, inequality, and discrimination. We stand for freedom, equality, and a better future for all people in Canada.

Our Work

Our Work Centres Around Our Five Core Areas

We believe in
Equality - which includes equity, diversity, and inclusion – recognizes that every person is equal in value and worth, and each is deserving of fairness, dignity and rights.
We believe in
Fundamental Freedoms allow individuals and groups to express themselves, to believe and practice what they choose, and to exercise their right to vote.
We believe in
We work to ensure that constitutional rights are respected at every step of the criminal justice system, and that the extraordinary powers conferred to police and criminal courts are used proportionately, fairly, humanely, and only when absolutely necessary.
We believe in
We bring a principled and rights-focused approach to assessing the impact of new technologies and surveillance, in areas ranging from policing methods to people’s public and private lives.
We Believe In
CCLA & CCLET provide free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating citizens about their rights and freedoms.

What's Happening Right Now

Arbitrary DetentionCRIMINAL JUSTICEEQUALITYMAJOR CASES & REPORTSPolice Powers, Use of Force & Police AccountabilityRace, Religion & EthnicityRacial Profiling
June 28, 2022

Racial Profiling on Trial: an Update from the Frontlines

Last year the CCLA became involved in a constitutional challenge to the laws that grant Canadian police the power to conduct suspicionless, roving roadside stops. As a conservatory intervenor, we…
June 24, 2022

CCLA Reacts to Decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Today's ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back in the ongoing struggle for equality and the consequences for the health and dignity of…
June 23, 2022

CCLA Welcomes Decision Promoting Access to Justice

CCLA is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the test for public interest standing. Public interest standing is what allows organizations like CCLA and others, to go…
Conditions of ConfinementCRIMINAL JUSTICEPRESS RELEASESPrisons, Jails & Community SupervisionPRIVACYSearch & SeizureSearch & SeizureSurveillance & PrivacyUnreasonable Search & Seizure
June 20, 2022

Canadian Civil Liberties Association launches constitutional challenge to Ontario’s strip search law

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a woman with personal experience have launched a major constitutional challenge to Ontario’s law governing strip searches in provincial jails. The legal challenge claims…

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In The News

April 8, 2022

Toronto Sun: Opinion – Prohibiting demonstrations will stamp out social justice activism

It’s one of the oldest plays in the book — a crisis is followed by new laws that are intentionally broad enough to be applied to just about anybody considered…
Emergencies Act NewsIN THE NEWS
February 18, 2022

Daily Caller: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Sues Government After Trudeau Invokes Emergencies Act

The CCLA is specifically planning to sue over the invocation of the Emergencies Act.
Emergencies Act NewsIN THE NEWS
February 17, 2022

CBC: Canadian Civil Liberties Association to sue federal government over Emergencies Act

CCLA says government's decision to invoke act infringes on Canadians' Charter rights.
Emergencies Act NewsIN THE NEWS
February 17, 2022

The Record: Civil liberties group files suit over use of Emergencies Act against convoy protests

The CCLA says the federal Liberals are invoking the act when the law’s own terms say it shouldn’t be used.

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