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CCLA submission to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as part of public consultations on carding and racial profiling

In Canada, racial profiling also exists and directly and negatively impacts the lives of individuals across the nation. Racial profiling not only unjustly violates the right to be equal before and under the law and other rights guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, racial profiling also undermines trust between communities and police. And such trust is vital if effective policing is to thrive in a democratic nation like Canada.

Upcoming Loku Inquest Must Examine Race and Mental Health, CCLA Tells Coroner

November 28, 2016

The inquest into the tragic shooting death of Andrew Loku by police will attempt to determine the circumstances of his death and seek to prevent future similar deaths. To do so, the inquest must consider the circumstances surrounding his death, including the fact that currently, racialized men with mental health issues are disproportionately shot by […]

Trans Women’s Rights are Women’s Rights

October 28, 2016

This past Tuesday, October 25th, Canada appeared before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to report on our country’s recent track record regarding important issues such as reproductive rights, the gender wage gap, incarceration rates of women, and discrimination against vulnerable groups. However, one vital piece was missing from Canada’s report: […]

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 […]


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New Brunswick to Table Concerning Mental Health Bill

June 29, 2016

UPDATE Our post and letter to the premier and health minister, referenced our views based on information we had received from the local community that proposed legislation was reportedly due to be tabled shortly by the government. We have since learned from the Department of Health that this matter is still in the project phase, and […]

No More Delay: Time to Protect Trans Rights

No More Delay: Time to Protect Trans Rights

May 18, 2016

CCLA welcomes Bill C-16, which expands Canada’s equality law to explicitly protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. It also ensures that offences against trans people on this basis are treated as hate crimes. By amending the Canadian Human Rights Act, Bill C-16 clarifies that discrimination against trans people will not […]

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) […]


UN Committee Recommends Canadian Action on Key Rights Concerns

March 7, 2016

Update – 03/23/16 Yesterday, the federal government announced new funding to promote access to justice in Canada, addressing a number of needs CCLA has directly, or indirectly, advocated for through the UN Committee process and other channels. Funding includes: $88 million devoted to legal aid (spread over the next five years); Nearly $8 million for the Courts Administrative […]


CCLA Presents Concerns to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 26, 2016

This week, Canada appeared before the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and CCLA was there in Geneva to present key concerns as part of the country’s sixth periodic review. The Committee is the independent body of experts that oversees state parties’ compliance with the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. Every […]