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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.
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Fundamental Freedoms allow individuals and groups to express themselves, to believe and practice what they choose, and to exercise their right to vote.
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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.

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Democratic RightsEmergencies ActFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS
August 8, 2022

CCLA in Federal Court, Fighting to Hold Government Accountable for Unprecedented Emergencies Act Use

CCLA is in federal court today to protect meaningful judicial review of government action.  The hearing is part of the court case challenging the government’s unprecedented invocation of the Emergencies…
August 8, 2022

CCLA Appoints New Director, Equality Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CCLA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, EQUALITY PROGRAM August 8, 2022 TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has appointed lawyer Gillian Moore as its Equality Program Director. Gillian…
August 5, 2022

2021-2022 Chernos High School Essay Contest Winners!

For nearly 30 years, CCLET (the education brand of CCLA) has been teaching learners of all ages about their rights and freedoms through its free education programs, resources, and events.
July 28, 2022

CCLA Demands Immediate Repeal of Regulations Limiting Abortion Access in NB

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the CCLA has once again called on the government of New Brunswick to repeal a regulation which…

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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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