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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…
June 17, 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…
June 11, 2024

Foreign Interference Bill: CCLA Warns the Senate Committee about Charter Issues that Must Be Addressed

On June 10, 2024, Shakir Rahim, director of the Criminal Justice program at the Canadian…
June 10, 2024

Free Speech and Protest Rights: CCLA to Universities and Police Services: You Must Walk the Talk

On June 7, 2024, Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, director of the Fundamental Freedoms program and interim…
June 7, 2024

Civil Society Should be Granted Adequate Time to Meaningfully Engage in the Public Consultations Around the Foreign Interference Bill

TORONTO — Yesterday, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) Lawyers Anaïs Bussières McNicoll (Director of the Fundamental…
June 5, 2024

CCLA Calls for Investigation into Edmonton Police

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program of the Canadian Civil…
May 14, 2024

Update: New Brunswick Policy 713 Challenge Continues

TORONTO — Pro bono lawyers representing CCLA are in court today challenging the Government of New Brunswick’s…
May 14, 2024

Student Protest Movement: CCLA Calls for an Investigation into Calgary Police’s Recent Conduct

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program of the Canadian Civil…
May 11, 2024

CCLA Reacts to Quebec Education Ministers latest Directive on Gender Neutral Washrooms

Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the…
May 7, 2024

Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression: CCLA Welcomes the Quebec Superior Court Decision Refusing to Order the Dismantlement of the McGill University Encampment

MONTREAL — Following the Quebec Superior Court’s dismissal of an injunction application seeking the dismantlement of…
May 2, 2024

Leave to Appeal Filed at the Supreme Court of Canada on Bill 21 Case

OTTAWA — The National Council for Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and…
April 30, 2024

Ontario Superior Court Affirms Exceptional Test to Hide Officer Names in Police Accountability Lawsuits

TORONTO — The Ontario Superior Court has rejected an exceptional request by the Peel Regional…
April 29, 2024

CCLA Granted Leave to Challenge Arbitrary Travel Restrictions Before the SCC

Arbitrary travel restrictions infringe on the mobility rights of Canadians. CCLA’s challenge of Newfoundland government’s…
April 26, 2024

CCLA Calls on the Ontario Speaker to Lift His Ban on Keffiyehs

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
April 25, 2024

CCLA Calls on Toronto Police Services Board to Act on Chief Demkiw’s Statement on Zameer Verdict

TORONTO — Shakir Rahim, Director of Criminal Justice for The Canadian Civil Liberties Association made…
April 25, 2024

Freedom of Association: SCC Confirms that the Same Test Applies to Positive and Negative Rights Claims

On April 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in the Société…
April 23, 2024

CCLA to Defend Democratic Rights Before the Supreme Court of Canada in Working Families Case

The Supreme Court of Canada just granted CCLA leave to intervene in the Attorney general…
April 17, 2024

CCLA Intervening before Ontario Court of Appeal to Oppose Standardless Limitless Searches of Personal Electronic Devices at Border

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association will appear this week before the Court of Appeal for…
April 15, 2024

CCLA Intervening Before Ontario Superior Court to Oppose Keeping Officer Names Secret in Police Accountability Cases

TORONTO — The CCLA will appear today before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as an…
April 9, 2024

CCLA Deeply Concerned Over City of Kingston Encampment Evictions

TORONTO — CCLA is deeply concerned over the City of Kingston’s attempts to enforce a…
April 5, 2024

Ontario Court Finds Provisions of Safe Streets Act Unconstitutional

TORONTO — The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has found that the Safe Streets Act violates the Charter freedoms of unhoused people…
April 2, 2024

Bill 124 confirmed unconstitutional by the Ontario Court of Appeal as regards unionized employees

The Protecting a Sustainable Public Service for Future Generations Act, 2019 (Bill 124) limited wage…
March 21, 2024

CCLA Granted Leave to Intervene at Supreme Court

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
March 19, 2024

CCLA Argues Before the Quebec Court of Appeal in Landmark Racial Profiling Case

MONTREAL — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association will appear before the Court of Appeal of Quebec…
March 5, 2024

Supreme Court of Canada rules Police Now Required to Obtain Warrants for IP Address Access

Following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Bykovets, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and…
March 1, 2024

CCLA Reacts to Bill 21

MONTREAL — Today the Court of Appeal has issued a disappointing decision rejecting the constitutional challenge…
February 29, 2024

CCLA Urges Substantial Amendments to the Online Harms Act

TORONTO — Following the Government of Canada’s reintroduction of the Online Harms Act (Bill C-63), Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive…
February 28, 2024

CCLA Intervenes in Jacob v Canada

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Criminal Justice Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties…
February 23, 2024

CCLA Intervenes in R. v. Archambault

TORONTO — Shakir Rahim, Director of the Criminal Justice Program of the Canadian Civil Liberties…
February 14, 2024

Extending the use of Notwithstanding Clause in Bill 21 is a grave injustice

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
February 13, 2024

CCLA Intervenes in Constitutional Challenge to Criminalization of Panhandling in Ontario

TORONTO — Pro bono legal counsel representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will appear…
February 6, 2024

CCLA Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, reacted to…
February 5, 2024

Inequitable Access to Abortion Services in New Brunswick Puts Lives at Risk

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, reacted to…
February 2, 2024

CCLA Reacts to Proposed Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Policy in Alberta

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
February 1, 2024

CCLA and QPLC Jointly Participating in Baker Inquest

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Queen’s Prison Law Clinic are jointly participating…
January 29, 2024

Emergencies Act FAQs

Why did CCLA take the federal government to court to challenge its use of the…
January 26, 2024

Emergency is Not in the Eye of the Beholder: Federal Court Grants Victory to CCLA in Emergencies Act Challenge

TORONTO — The Federal Court of Canada has just issued its decision allowing the Canadian…
January 23, 2024

CCLA Granted Public Interest Standing in Policy 713 Lawsuit

FREDERICTON — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
December 22, 2023

CCLA Before the Supreme Court in CBC v. R to Oppose ‘Secret Trials’

TORONTO — The CCLA will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, et…
December 12, 2023

State Accountability for Unconstitutional Legislation: CCLA intervening before Supreme Court in AGC v. Power

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is appearing as an intervenor before the Supreme Court of…
December 7, 2023

CCLA files arguments in Fair Change Community Legal Clinic v Ontario

TORONTO — The CCLA has filed its written arguments in court in Fair Change Community Legal Clinic v Ontario. This case…
December 7, 2023

CCLA Commends Senate for Passing Bill C-48 Amendments, Urges House of Commons Support

TORONTO — Following the Senate’s passage of Bill C-48 on bail reform, Shakir Rahim, Director of the Criminal…
November 29, 2023

CCLA intervenes in Wright v Yukon 

CCLA has filed arguments in Wright v Yukon, a case that challenges the constitutionality of the…
November 9, 2023

Government Legislation on FRT is ‘Dangerous’ Say Civil Society Groups and Scholars

Toronto, ON — The Right2YourFace Coalition, a group made up of prominent civil society groups…
November 1, 2023

CCLA Intervenes in Kingston Encampment Evictions

TORONTO — Pro bono counsel representing the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will appear today before…
October 31, 2023

CCLA Holds its First Walk for Freedom

We want to thank everyone who came out to CCLA's Walk for Freedom yesterday. We…
October 27, 2023

CCLA Reaction to Bill 137

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
October 20, 2023

CCLA Proposed Amendment to Bill C-48 Adopted by Senate Committee

TORONTO — Following the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs’ adoption of amendments to Bill…
October 18, 2023

CCLA Proposes Key Amendment on Bill C-48

TORONTO — In advance of his testimony before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Shakir…
October 4, 2023

CCLA Reacts in Saskatchewan

BOGOTA — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
September 28, 2023

CCLA Urges Senate to Exercise Sober Second Thought on Bill C-48 Restricting Bail

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association delivered its submission to the Senate Committee on Legal…
September 28, 2023

CCLA Opposes Forced Treatment for People with Substance Abuse Issues in New Brunswick

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties…
September 25, 2023

Advocates demand proper consideration for AI regulation

Canadians deserve to be protected from AI overreach, but Bill C-27’s Artificial Intelligence and Data…
September 25, 2023

CCLA Alarmed that House of Commons Will Not Hold Committee Hearings on Bill C-48

TORONTO — Shakir Rahim, Director of Criminal Justice for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
September 19, 2023

CCLA Reacts to New Brunswick Premier

FREDERICTON — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
September 19, 2023

CCLA Granted Intervenor Status in Saskatchewan

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been granted leave to intervene in UR Pride…
September 19, 2023

CCLA Files Suit Against New Brunswick Government on Policy 713

FREDERICTON — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has commenced a legal challenge to the Minister of…
September 11, 2023

CCLA Calls for Immediate Reforms to Prison Strip Searches in Ontario, Implementation of Body Scanners as Alternative

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is demanding the Government of Ontario fix significant…
August 28, 2023

CCLA reacts to latest revisions to New Brunswick Policy 713

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties…
August 24, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Peterson Decision

TORONTO —  Noa Mendelsoh Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties…
August 23, 2023

CCLA: SK Policy Violates Rights of Students

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
August 22, 2023

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Launches Fund Honouring Clayton Ruby’s Storied Legacy of Social Justice Advocacy

TORONTO — In commemoration of the late Clayton Ruby's extraordinary impact on advancing social justice…
July 27, 2023

NCCM and CCLA Continue to Challenge Quebec’s School Prayer Ban

MONTREAL — The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)…
July 17, 2023

Civil Society Groups Demand Bail Reform Changes, Canada an ‘International Embarassment’

OTTAWA — The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
July 10, 2023

CCLA: New Brunswick Policy 713, Unlawful, Unconstitutional

FREDERICTION — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil…
June 29, 2023

CCLA Demands Action on Facial Recognition Technology and the Growing Power of Artificial Intelligence

Toronto, ON — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has joined the “Right 2 Your…
June 21, 2023

Civil liberties groups recommend fixes for controversial cybersecurity legislation ahead of detailed Commons scrutiny

The House of Commons Public Safety Committee is tasked with scrutinizing Bill C-26, which has…
June 20, 2023

CCLA Reacts to SCC Decision on Safe Third Country Agreement

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties…
June 16, 2023

NCCM and CCLA Statement on Quebec Superior Court Decision on Prayer Ban

MONTREAL — This morning, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties…
June 14, 2023

CCLA and civil society concerned about flawed RCMP and CBSA oversight legislation

While Bill C-20 is a crucial measure to ensure greater accountability of the Canada Border…
June 13, 2023

NCCM and CCLA Litigating Prayer Ban

MONTREAL — The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and…
June 13, 2023

CCLA Reacts to New Brunswick Policy 713 on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties…
June 9, 2023

CCLA to Hamilton Police: Cease and Desist Drone Program

TORONTO — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is demanding the Hamilton Police Service (HPS) immediately…
June 7, 2023

NCCM AND CCLA LAUNCH JOINT CHALLENGE TO QUEBEC GOVERNMENT’S BAN ON PRAYERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

(Montreal, Quebec)—The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and…
May 26, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Bill C-48

TORONTO — Shakir Rahim, Director of Criminal Justice for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), reacted…
May 17, 2023

CCLA reacts to OIPC (BC) Announcement on Liberal Party of Canada’s Use of FRT

TORONTO —Tashi Alford-Duguid, Staff lawyer at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) made the following…
April 26, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Quebec Directive on Prayer Spaces in Public Schools

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil…
April 24, 2023

CCLA Reacts to R v McColman Decision

OTTAWA — Shakir Rahim, Director of Criminal Justice for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
March 27, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Working Families Decision

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), reacted to…
March 6, 2023

Press Release: Police-involved deaths on the rise across Canada

Publicly accessible living online database tracking police-involved deaths launched Database website: https://trackinginjustice.ca/ Ottawa, Ontario –…
February 23, 2023

CCLA Reaction to Public Order Emergency Commission

February 17, 2023 Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
February 17, 2023

CCLA Notches Legal Victory Against Government in Emergencies Act Case

February 14, 2023 Toronto, ON — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is announcing a…
February 14, 2023

CCLA Demands Release of Death in Custody Videotapes

MONTREAL — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is demanding the release of all video footage…
January 31, 2023

CCLA Closing Statement at Public Order Emergency Commission

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
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…
November 25, 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…
November 24, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Lametti’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
November 23, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Mendicino’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 22, 2022

CCLA Reacts to CSIS’ Testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 21, 2022

Emergency is Not in the Eye of the Beholder

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
November 18, 2022

Statement on the Repeal of Bill 28

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made…
November 14, 2022

Repeal of Bill 28 – Huge Victory for all Who Fought for Rights and Freedoms in Ontario

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the…
November 7, 2022

Statement on Federal Court decision re: Ontario Premier/Deputy Premier summons to appear before Public Order Emergency Commission

The Federal Court’s decision confirms that the Public Order Emergency Commission had the legal authority…
November 7, 2022

Statement on the Passage of Bill 28

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the…
November 3, 2022

Statement on Notwithstanding Clause

OTTAWA — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the  Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the following…
October 31, 2022

Huge Victory Against Racial Profiling in Quebec Superior Court

MONTREAL — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”), as a party intervening in the case…
October 26, 2022

Statement on CCLA vs Nova Scotia (Attorney General)

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
October 26, 2022

Statement on Ford Seeking Judicial Review

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 24, 2022

Premier Ford Must Testify

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 20, 2022

Statement on Public Order Emergency Commission Proceedings of October 17-18

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 18, 2022

Statement on Public Order Emergency Commission Proceedings of October 14

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
October 14, 2022

Rouleau Warns of Tight Timelines, But Government Took Maximum Amount of Time to Appoint Commissioner

OTTAWA — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) made its opening statement at the Public Order Emergency…
October 13, 2022

Government Had Other Options Than The Emergencies Act

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada had options other than the emergencies act, the Canadian…
October 12, 2022

CCLA at Supreme Court in Safe Third Countries Agreement Case

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada is hearing arguments today on the constitutionality of…
October 6, 2022

Groups: Canada must end “extreme”, prolonged solitary confinement

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, John Howard Society Canada, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry…
August 30, 2022

CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2022 CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL…
August 10, 2022

CCLA Calls for Moratorium on RCMP Surveillance ‘Tools’

Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy Technology and Surveillance Program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,…
August 9, 2022

CCLA Appoints New Director, Equality Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CCLA APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, EQUALITY PROGRAM August 8, 2022 TORONTO — The Canadian…
August 8, 2022

CCLA Demands Immediate Repeal of Regulations Limiting Abortion Access in NB

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the CCLA…
July 28, 2022

La lutte contre le profilage racial se poursuit devant les tribunaux et dans les communautés

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE LA LUTTE CONTRE LE PROFILAGE RACIAL SE POURSUIT DEVANT LES TRIBUNAUX ET…
July 7, 2022

Statement on the RCMP’s Use of Spyware

The RCMP uses spyware against Canadians in targeted investigations. The revelation was buried in a…
June 30, 2022

CCLA Reacts to Decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Today's ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back…
June 24, 2022

Canadian Civil Liberties Association launches constitutional challenge to Ontario’s strip search law

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a woman with personal experience have launched a major…
June 20, 2022

Remarques à l’occasion de l’anniversaire d’une hypocrisie – la loi 21

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS SEEK LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION NCCM & CCLA file an…
June 16, 2022

Black Legal Action Centre & Canadian Civil Liberties Association React to TPS Report

Today, the Prison Pandemic Papers were launched online, making available previously unpublished government records.
June 15, 2022

CCLA Reacts to Former Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly’s Comments on Invocation of the Emergencies Act

Abby Deshman, Director of the Criminal Justice program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made…
June 3, 2022

Canadian Civil Liberties Hosting Rights Roadshow in Charlottetown

For nearly 30 years, CCLET (the education brand of CCLA) has been teaching learners of…
June 1, 2022

Trial Begins in Major Constitutional Challenge Targeting Racial Profiling

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is joining with a diverse group of civil society…
May 30, 2022

CCLA Response to Federal Government Announcement of Emergencies Act Inquiry

Abby Deshman, Director of the Criminal Justice program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made…
April 25, 2022

Civil Society Calling for Robust Inquiry Into Use of Emergencies Act

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is joining with a diverse group of civil society…
April 13, 2022

CCLA Appoints New Special Advisor, Indigenous Issues

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has appointed Alain Bartleman as its Special Advisor, Indigenous Issues.
April 5, 2022

Prison Pandemic Papers Documenting Impact of COVID-19 in Jails, Prisons & Penitentiaries Across Canada Launched

Today, the Prison Pandemic Papers were launched online, making available previously unpublished government records.
March 8, 2022

CCLA Reaction to the Revocation of the Declaration of Emergency

We welcome the government’s decision to revoke the proclamation of emergency – it is overdue.…
February 23, 2022

Quebec Organizations Join the Call for Federal Criminal Record Reform

The Fresh Start Coalition, which includes the CCLA, announced today that several leading Quebec organisations…
February 22, 2022

CCLA Reaction to Vote in the House

Abby Deshman, Director of Criminal Justice for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association made the following…
February 22, 2022

CCLA Will Fight Invocation of Emergencies Act in Court

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced today that it will pursue litigation to challenge…
February 17, 2022

CCLA Statement on the Emergencies Act

The Emergencies Act can only be invoked, according to its own terms, when a situation…
February 15, 2022

CCLA Appoints New Executive Director and General Counsel

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced today the appointment of its new Executive Director…
February 9, 2022

CCLA’s Statement on Quebec’s Tax Proposal

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms and acting General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties…
January 12, 2022

Residents of BC, AB, QC protected from Clearview AI by binding orders from their Privacy Regulators

CCLA welcomes today’s decisions issued by the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Alberta…
December 14, 2021

Youth in detention deserve better education: CCLA Research Report

CCLA’s report concludes that there are significant differences in the quality and quantity of formal…
November 30, 2021

CCLA is thrilled to announce The Law Foundation of Ontario has awarded CCLET core funding through its Catalyst Grant

CCLA and CCLET are incredibly grateful to The Law Foundation of Ontario for generously supporting our…
October 28, 2021

CCLA Calls on Elections Ontario to Disclose All MPP Complaints

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling on Elections Ontario to disclose how many…
October 25, 2021

Gratitude and Congratulations to Michael Bryant

The CCLA announced today that Michael Bryant, its Executive Director since 2018, will be leaving…
September 14, 2021

Nova Scotia Attempting to Avoid Public Scrutiny

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is concerned the Government of Nova Scotia is attempting…
June 24, 2021

‘Cease And Desist’ – Liberal Party Must Halt Use Of Facial Fingerprinting

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling on the Liberal Party of Canada to…
June 23, 2021

CCLA Statement on Ford’s Extraordinary Use of the Notwithstanding Clause

The notwithstanding clause was designed to be a democratic safety valve, not a brazen power…
June 9, 2021

Ontario Superior Court Strikes Down Third Party Spending Limits

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is celebrating another decisive win in Ontario Superior Court.…
June 8, 2021

CCLA Wins First Round of Abortion Challenge In New Brunswick

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has begun the process of taking New Brunswick to court…
June 1, 2021

CCLA to Challenge Nova Scotia’s Protest Injunction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 28, 2021

CCLA Taking Steps to Fight Nova Scotia’s Protest Injunction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is taking steps to fight an injunction obtained by…
May 18, 2021

CCLA Files For Public Interest Standing In New Brunswick Abortion Lawsuit

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has begun the process of taking New Brunswick to court…
May 17, 2021

Premier Legault—It’s Time To Drop The Curfew

The CCLA is speaking out against Premier Legault’s unjust Quebec curfew.
March 23, 2021

City breached agreement to protect homeless

The City of Toronto is putting the lives of those experiencing homelessness as well as…
September 29, 2020

Class Action Launched re Illegal Strip Searches

A major class action is being launched today on behalf of Canadians illegally strip searched…
July 7, 2020

Homelessness Advocates Take City Back to Court over COVID-19 Shelter Crisis

Homelessness advocates are taking the City of Toronto back to court, to enforce the City’s…
July 6, 2020

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Appeal by Government against CCLA’s Challenge of Solitary Confinement Laws

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision granting the government of Canada leave…
February 13, 2020

Seeking to Appeal Interim Decision on Bill 21

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS SEEK LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION NCCM & CCLA file an…
July 23, 2019

End to Solitary Confinement as We Know It

In an extraordinary decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered an end to prolonged…
March 28, 2019

CCLA Wins Important Battle Against Feds On Solitary Confinement

The feds were scolded today by the Chief Justice of Ontario and its highest court,…
December 17, 2018

Rights groups challenging solitary confinement in court release joint statement on Bill C-83

Today the three organizations fighting the federal government in BC and Ontario courts on solitary…
October 16, 2018

UPDATE: CCLA and ETFO Sex-Ed Legal Challenges to be Heard Together

The Divisional Court determined the other week that the applications of the Canadian Civil Liberties…
September 24, 2018

CCLA, INCLO and Others Welcome Historic Win Against Mass Surveillance in UK

In a landmark win for seven INCLO members, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)…
September 14, 2018

CCLA Joins Coalition Calling For Ontario Government To Reinstate 2015 Sex-Ed Curriculum

March for Our Education, Leadnow and the undersigned are unswayed by the Minister of Education’s…
July 17, 2018

Premier Ford’s Back-To-Work Legislation Will Violate Civil Liberties, Hurt Students

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking…
July 16, 2018

INCLO Report Release: Defending Dissent: State Practices that Protect and Promote the Right to Protest

INCLO and the IHRC launched a report today that provides practical guidance on how law enforcement…
June 27, 2018

INCLO Launches New Report: “Unanswered Questions – International Intelligence Sharing”

New report reveals lack of transparency of intelligence sharing agreements at the international level.
June 11, 2018

Keep Your Promise On Solitary Confinement, Groups Tell Ottawa

Rights groups in legal challenges unite to urge government to comply with court orders.
May 14, 2018

Bill 62 (Niqab Ban) Guidelines Cannot Save An Unconstitutional…

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 11, 2018

CCLA Recommendations on York U Strike

March 29, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – After exchanges this week between York U’s President and…
March 29, 2018

Legal Fight Against Solitary Confinement Continues

On December 18, 2017, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of the Ontario Superior Court released…
January 17, 2018

Crack-Down on Freedom of Expression in Russia Threatens Online Anonymity

19 December 2017 – Russia’s punishment of instant messaging app Telegram Messenger LLP for refusing…
December 19, 2017

Court Strikes Down Solitary Confinement Regime in Response to CCLA’s Challenge

TORONTO, Ont. – In a victory for civil liberties, Associate Chief Justice Frank Marrocco of…
December 18, 2017

A Win for Privacy in Text Messages: Marakah and Jones

CCLA’s voice was heard in the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision released today in R…
December 8, 2017

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil…
November 29, 2017

CCLA and NCCM Launch Legal Challenge Against Quebec’s Bill 62

(Montreal – November 7, 2017) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National…
November 7, 2017

CCLA Announcement: Coalition Calls for Implementation of Loku Inquest Recommendations

The tragic shooting death of Andrew Loku should never have occurred. It took place within…
October 3, 2017

How Religious Teachings in Public Schools Violates Human Rights: Joint Presentation Before Argentina’s Supreme Court

On Wednesday, August 30, the Argentine Supreme Court held a public hearing on the constitutionality…
August 30, 2017

Supreme Court Case Upholds Order Against Google

TORONTO, Ont. ̶ Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against Google permits Canadian courts to…
June 28, 2017

Privacy protectors: Teens Reflect on Privacy in Digital Age

A group of teens aged 13-19 from across Canada worked over two school years to…
March 22, 2017

Federal Court Case Challenges Government’s Respect for Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Ottawa, ON – Last week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) intervened in the Federal…
September 30, 2015

CCLA & CJFE Mounting Charter Challenge Against Bill C-51

TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for…
July 21, 2015

La Loi C-51 Est Adoptée Mais De Sérieuses Préoccupations En Matière De Droits Humains Persistent

Depuis le dépôt du Projet de loi C-51 au Parlement en janvier dernier, les principales…
June 29, 2015

On to The Courts: Bill C-51 Passed by Senate

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is deeply disappointed that Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorist Act, 2015)…
June 9, 2015

Government must end solitary confinement of mentally ill prisoners.

PRESS RELEASE: Canadian prisons need to drastically re-evaluate their use of solitary confinement, especially where…
March 10, 2010
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