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CCLA Welcomes Concluding Observations for Canada by UN Human Rights Committee

July 23, 2015

This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee — the independent treaty body that monitors state implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) — released its concluding observations on Canada. CCLA had provided written submissions to the Committee in advance of the hearings. On July 7th and 8th, CCLA Executive Director and General […]


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CCLA Presents Concerns to the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva

July 6, 2015

CCLA is in Geneva this week to address the UN Human Rights Committee, which is reviewing Canada’s rights record for the first time in a decade. The Committee is comprised of 18 independent experts that monitor government compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  “This is an important process for Canada to either demonstrate […]


An Historic Day: Marriage Equality Reigns Across America

June 26, 2015

CCLA is thrilled by the US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health, et al., upholding the right to marriage equality in all 50 of the United States. It is truly an historic day for equality and justice, but especially so for all those who have fought for years simply […]

Toronto Police Services Board Re-instates 2014 Carding Policy

June 22, 2015

CCLA notes the Toronto Police Services Board’s (the Board) unanimous decision of June 18 to re-adopt a progressive policy, approved in 2014 but never implemented by Toronto Police. This policy restricts carding and racial profiling — at least to some extent – and establishes some important accountability measures. The Board’s decision is a positive step forward, though one that must be followed […]


National Day of Action for Refugee Healthcare

June 15, 2015

CCLA remains seriously concerned about Canadian government funding cuts to healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers — a fundamental human right. Today, doctors, nurses, midwives, and thousands of supporters will be participating in events in 20 cities across Canada as part of the National Day of Action for Refugee Healthcare. The demonstrations and events, organized […]

CCLA Urges Senate Committee to Recommend Complaints Review Mechanism of CBSA

April 1, 2014

On March 31, 2014, the CCLA’s General Counsel Sukanya Pillay appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence to participate in the Senate’s study on the policies and practices of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).  The CCLA focused on five areas of concern: (1)   the need for an independent review mechanism; […]

CCLA Rights in Schools

September 23, 2014

Studies have shown that LGBTQ students feel safer and more accepted when they know their schools have policies and procedures that explicitly address homophobia. CCLA and CCLET have published a report to help students understand their rights at school. Click here to read our report.  

A Victory for Equality Rights in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

January 10, 2011

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has handed a victory to advocates of equality in rendering its decision in a reference on proposed amendements to Saskatchewan’s Marriage Act. The proposed amendments would have allowed provincially appointed marriage commissioners to refuse to perform civil marriages where to do so would conflict with their religious beliefs.  The amendments […]

Supreme Court Addresses Freedom of Religion in the Schools

February 17, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has rendered its decision in the case of S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chenes, a case in which parents sought an exemption for their children from Quebec’s mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) course.  The Supreme Court found that the refusal to grant an exemption did not violate the parents’ […]