Race, Ethnicity and Religion

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.

Racial Equality


International Women’s Day: Highlighting issues of indigenous women in prison system

March 8, 2017

On this International Women’s Day, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association recognizes the many women in Canada who still fight for the realization of their rights.  In this infographic, the CCLA spotlights concerns about indigenous women in Canada’s criminal justice system, who are disprortionately represented in Canadian prisons  and are more likely to be placed in […]

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Canada has its own legacy of racist policies to confront

February 21, 2017

In light of recent calls in government and civil society to systemically examine religious intolerance in Canada, it’s important to look at the role that laws play. Originally published by TVO here, this op-ed by Executive Director Sukanya Pillay was written just days after the terror attack on a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

CCLA Calls on Police to Prohibit Unwarranted Stops and Questioning

April 10, 2012

At Thursday’s meeting of the Toronto Police Services Board, CCLA’s Equality Program Director Noa Mendelsohn Aviv addressed the Board over the  documented practice of racial profiling by the police.  CCLA’s submissions expressed concern not just with “carding” – the recording of names and identities of black male youth – but also with unwarranted stops by […]

CCLA Supports Toronto Police Chief Recommendations For Issuing Receipts, With Some Concerns And Additional Recommendations

November 14, 2012

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association will be addressing the Toronto Police Services Board today, with respect to Chief Blair’s report entitled “Issuing Receipts to Persons who are Stopped by the Police.”  The report comes out of a response to the Toronto Star series on racial profiling and carding, and is an attempt to address these issues. […]