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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.

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Our Work

Our Work Centres Around Our Five Core Areas

We believe in
EQUALITY
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
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
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
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
PRIVACY
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
EDUCATION
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

Democratic RightsEmergencies ActFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSPRESS RELEASES
November 25, 2022

CCLA Closing Statement at Public Order Emergency Commission

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the following remarks today: In February of this year, for the first time, the government of…
Democratic RightsEmergencies ActFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSPRESS RELEASES
November 25, 2022

CCLA reacts to Prime Minister Trudeau’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the following statement: Under cross examination by CCLA counsel Ewa Krajewska, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed…
Democratic RightsEmergencies ActFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSPRESS RELEASES
November 24, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Freeland’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the following remarks today: Today, Minister Freeland agreed that protest and civil disobedience are fundamental tenets…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEIN THE NEWSRight to Reasonable Bail
November 24, 2022

The Globe and Mail: B.C. bail policy change raises Charter concerns

After news of the bill's repeal, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, called for Ford to commit to never invoking the…

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In The News

CRIMINAL JUSTICEIN THE NEWSRight to Reasonable Bail
November 24, 2022

The Globe and Mail: B.C. bail policy change raises Charter concerns

After news of the bill's repeal, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, called for Ford to commit to never invoking the…
Bill 28Freedom of AssociationFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSIN THE NEWS
November 15, 2022

CBC News: Ontario government repeals anti-strike law for CUPE education workers

After news of the bill's repeal, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, called for Ford to commit to never invoking the…
Bill 28Freedom of AssociationFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSIN THE NEWS
November 2, 2022

Toronto Star: It’s time to ditch the notwithstanding clause

But recently, the Quebec and Ontario governments have shown an alarming trend to resort to the clause to violate human rights, and in a way that threatens to normalize its…
CRIMINAL JUSTICEEQUALITYIN THE NEWSPolice Powers, Use of Force & Police AccountabilityRacial Profiling
October 26, 2022

The Guardian: Canada court rules random traffic stops are racist and unconstitutional

A Canadian court has ruled that random traffic stops violate the country’s charter, striking down the “unbounded power” of police in searches that often amount to racial profiling.

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