our work centers around our beliefs
We believe in equality.
We work on equality rights in relation to mental health, disability, gender, youth, immigration, refugees, race, poverty, LGBTQ2S+ rights, and more. We know looking through an intersectional lens is the only way to fight inequality and injustice. We fight overt and systemic discrimination, and seek to promote fairness and equality in Canada.
We believe in FREEDOM.
Fundamental Freedoms allow individuals and groups to express themselves, to believe and practice what they choose, and to exercise their right to vote. It is almost impossible to imagine how a democracy could work without protection these most basic rights and freedoms, and yet–in Canada–they continue to be under attack in many ways.
We believe in privacy.
Post-911 counter-terrorism ushered in abusive over-regulation: new investigation powers and surveillance technology. Then came under-regulated ‘surveillance capitalism,’ — covert, mass surveillance, online and then everywhere, by the tech industry. Both violate Canada’s values of dignity, liberty, and equality.
We believe in justice.
We monitor the legal and policy frameworks that govern policing and the administration of justice in Canada to ensure that our civil liberties and the rights enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are respected.
We believe in education.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a non-profit research and educational organization created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Each year CCLET reaches over 10,000 primary to graduate level students, from a wide range of public, separate, and private educational institutions. Through the civil liberties in the schools and the teaching civil liberties projects, which are funded by the CCLET and the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO), the organization provides free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating citizens about their rights and freedoms.