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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.
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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.
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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

Constitutional RemediesCRIMINAL JUSTICEFair Trial RightsFair Trial, Due Process & SentencingPolice Coercion & EntrapmentPolice Powers, Use of Force & Police AccountabilityProsecutorial Misconduct
October 4, 2022

CCLA at the Supreme Court to ensure meaningful adjudication of Charter claims

The CCLA is at the Supreme Court of Canada today arguing that courts should not be too quick to summarily dismiss Charter claims - and in particular those that allege…
National SecurityPRIVACYSurveillance & Privacy
September 28, 2022

Joint Letter of Concern regarding Bill C-26

September 28, 2022 To: The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety. CC: The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P., Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEFair Trial, Due Process & SentencingPrisons, Jails & Community SupervisionSentencing
September 16, 2022

No, Longer Prison Sentences do not Reduce Crime

Over 100 criminologists, social scientists, legal academics and civil society organizations have signed a letter responding to a recent article on “prolific offenders”, dismissing it as factually inaccurate and misleading.
PRIVACYSurveillance & Privacy
September 13, 2022

Privacy and virtual healthcare: report launch

September 13, 2022--CCLA is delighted to launch the report Virtual Healthcare Services in Canada: Digital Trails, De-Identified Data and Privacy Implications. Written by a team led by principal investigator Dr.…

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IN THE NEWSPRIVACYSurveillance & PrivacySurveillance & Technology
July 15, 2022

The Guardian: ‘Asleep at the wheel’: Canada police’s spyware admission raises alarm

An admission from Canada’s national police force that it routinely uses powerful spyware to surveil citizens has prompted concern from experts, who warn the country is “asleep at the wheel”…
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.

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