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Our Work Centres Around Our Five Core Areas

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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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Device SearchesDNA ForensicsPRIVACYSearch & Seizure
June 21, 2024

Privacy Rights in the Workplace: The Fruits of a Search Cannot be Used to Justify an Unreasonable Privacy Violation

Privacy rights protected under s. 8 of the Charter require that the State assess whether a reasonable expectation of privacy exists before it proceeds with the investigative steps it is…
June 17, 2024

CCLA Argues Before the Ontario Court of Appeal to Protect the Rights of Workers With Disabilities

TORONTO - Pro bono lawyers representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be appearing at the Ontario Court of Appeal today as intervenors in Jacob v Canada (Attorney General)…
PRIVACYPrivacy Law Reform
June 11, 2024

CCLA Joins Other Organizations to Urge Federal Political Parties to Accept that Privacy Laws Apply to Them

Federal political parties, like everyone else in Canada, must respect Canadians’ privacy rights.
June 11, 2024

CCLA Urges Senators to Support Passage of Bill S-235

CCLA strongly encourage the Honourable Senators to support the passage of Bill S-235 at third reading to ensure that child welfare survivors without citizenship status have a pathway to obtaining…

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In The News

January 30, 2024

CTV News: More than 80% of inmates in Ontario jails last year were legally innocent, awaiting trial: data

“We at CCLA, like others, we care about public safety,” Rahim said."We just want to think about what we can do within our bail system to have it run effectively.”…
Emergencies ActFreedom of AssociationFreedom of ExpressionIN THE NEWS
January 23, 2024

CBC News: Ottawa’s use of Emergencies Act against convoy protests was unreasonable, violated Charter, court rules

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, executive director of the CCLA, said their win sets a clear and critical precedent for future governments. "Emergency is not in the eye of the beholder. Emergency…
October 17, 2023

The Guardian: Canada province uses constitutional override to advance pronoun legislation

“The government of Saskatchewan is threatening to shred a piece of the charter this Tuesday, and in so doing violate the rights, the freedom, the privacy, the equality and the…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEIN THE NEWSReasonable Expectations of PrivacySearch & Seizure
August 11, 2023

CBC: Arctic Bay residents raise concerns after RCMP search mail

Shakir Rahim, a lawyer and director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association's criminal justice program, said it raises "serious concerns." Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states…

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