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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

CRIMINAL JUSTICECruel & Unusual PunishmentFair Trial, Due Process & SentencingPrisons, Jails & Community Supervision
January 27, 2023

Supreme Court Maintains Importance of Proportionality in Criminal Sentencing

The CCLA welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions in R v. Hills and R. v. Hilbach, both of which consider the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences. The mandatory minimum…
Freedom of AssociationFreedom of ExpressionFUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMSRegulation of Online ExpressionRight to Protest
January 11, 2023

CCLA Intervening in Tik Tok Injunction Appeal to Protect Space for Digital Activism

TikTok teens and duet fiends, take note. The CCLA is intervening in an Ontario court case that will consider the legal limits of digital activism. CCLA will be appearing before…
Conditions of ConfinementCRIMINAL JUSTICEDeaths in CustodyPrisons, Jails & Community Supervision
December 20, 2022

New Report Released: Ontario Deaths in Custody on the Rise 

Despite a declining provincial custody population, deaths in custody in Ontario are increasing at an alarming rate.   CCLA has sent a letter to the Solicitor General of Ontario urging immediate…
VOLUNTEER
December 19, 2022

Legal Volunteer Opportunities

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association invites applications for the following summer opportunities. Law students and law graduates are welcome to apply.

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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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