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Ontario leads the way on police record checks reform

November 1, 2018

On November 1, 2018, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) comes into force. Police record checks are searches of police databases that are conducted in order to screen a person to help determine their suitability for things like employment, volunteer position, a license, etc. The PRCRA will standardize most police record checks in Ontario, […]

CCLA heads to Supreme Court to fight for everyone’s right to privacy and equality (R v. Le)

October 12, 2018

We are intervening in this case before the Supreme Court of Canada on Oct. 12 to ask the court to protect individual rights to privacy and equality when it comes to interactions with police. CCLA argues that the legal test that helps courts decide who has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a space like a backyard (and who as a result has standing to make an argument in court that their Charter right to be free from unreasonable search was violated) focuses too much on who owns or controls the property.

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?

State Responsible to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship of Abdoul Abdi

January 11, 2018

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C. Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness 269 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8 The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, P.C. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 365 Laurier Avenue West Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1L1 January 11, 2018 Re: Abdoul Abdi – State Responsibility to Stop Deportation and Grant Citizenship […]

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

March 1, 2018

Update: Today (May 24, 2018), the Senate stood up to unconstitutional sections of Bill C-46, ending the draconian proposed practice of demanding breath/ urine/ blood samples without cause. Bill C-46 was a recipe for racial profiling, and an affront to our basic liberty — the right not to be blood/ urine/ breath tested without cause. […]

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 […]

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. provides information about legal problems in Ontario. You may wish to browse their information page on police […]

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 […]