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CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]

CCLA concerned by Coroner’s report findings of Soleiman Faqiri’s death

July 21, 2017

The CCLA is greatly troubled by findings of the Coroner’s report concerning the death of Soleiman Faqiri, who died while in custody in an Ontario jail last December. Mr. Faqiri, who had a schizophrenia diagnosis, was reportedly being held in segregation due to “behavioural issues”. During an incident in which Mr. Faqiri resisted being taken […]

Ask the CCLA: What are my rights when stopped or searched by police?

April 3, 2017

What are my rights when stopped or searched by the police? In Ontario, Community Legal Education Ontario has produced a resource guide regarding police powers when it comes to stops and searches. This resource is dated September 2016. Stepstojustice.ca provides information about legal problems in Ontario. You may wish to browse their information page on police […]

Frequently Asked (Civil Liberties) Questions

Do you have a question about your civil liberties? Read something in the news lately that made you wonder about the state of your rights and freedoms in Canada?

Our Mission and History

CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched in our Constitution. For over […]

Disproportionate Number of Racialized Drivers Stopped by Ottawa Police Must be Addressed

October 27, 2016

CCLA is concerned by data indicating racial profiling by Ottawa’s police force. Drivers who appear to be Middle Eastern and black are disproportionately subjected to traffic stops, according to results from the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (the “Project”), recently released by the Ottawa Police Service. CCLA recommends that any further action or study should more […]

Toronto Police to Restrict Mental Health Record Sharing

July 12, 2016

CCLA supports today’s announcement that the Toronto Police Service (TPS) will restrict the entry of some suicide-related mental health flags into national databases, but cautions that more action on this front is needed to properly protect privacy. The announcement today from the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the TPS confirms that many suicide-related police interactions will no […]

New Bill To Log Travellers Leaving Canada

June 17, 2016

This week, the federal government introduced Bill C-21, which will create a log of all travellers leaving or expected to leave Canada. The bill opens the door to a number of potential problems, from profiling to breach of privacy and information sharing on a major scale. According to the bill, individuals could be subjected to profiling and […]

New Ontario Carding Regulation a Mixed Bag

March 22, 2016

Ontario’s new regulation on carding, announced today, provides new and stronger protections against arbitrary police stops, while not adequately protecting youth, as well as racialized and other marginalized people, who are stopped and questioned by police. In addition, significant concerns remain with respect to data collection and retention. Since last summer, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) […]

CCLA and INCLO support Civil Society Space

February 16, 2016

INCLO members condemn the curtailing of civil society space in Russia and the shutdown of Agora The undersigned organizations—members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO), who are deeply committed to supporting civil society space—condemn the shutdown of one of INCLO’s member organizations, the Agora Human Rights Association in Russia. The crackdown on […]