CCLA & NCCM Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62

June 29, 2018

Le texte français suivra – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last […]


June 19, 2018

Free Abdoul Abdi!! The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is in court today fighting the deportation of child refugee Abdoul Abdi, who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, being moved between foster homes 31 times. The hearing is set for today (June 19, 2018) in Halifax. CCLA and […]


June 15, 2018

LGBTQ+ and gender equality prevailed today, consistent with CCLA’s position, before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33, and Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western, 2018 SCC 32. The majority affirmed that the Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) decision not […]

Victory For Free Speech in Supreme Court Decision: Groia

June 1, 2018

The Supreme Court today has released its decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, a case that considers when a law society can discipline a lawyer for alleged “incivility” in the courtroom. The Court overturned the Law Society’s discipline decision, finding it unreasonable based on the particular circumstances and context of the case. […]

R v Wong: Guilty Pleas Must Be Voluntary, Unequivocal, and Informed

May 25, 2018

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a decision in R v Wong holding that an accused who enters into a truly uninformed plea of guilty – i.e., a plea made when an accused is unaware of legally relevant consequences at the time of plea – may withdraw a plea, but only if they show, […]

Historic, ground-breaking decision on criminal sentencing of African-Canadians

April 24, 2018

Implications for all victims of systemic discrimination and also Indigenous people. See R v Jackson judgement here. More to follow.

CCLA at SCC: Privacy in the Classroom… and Everywhere Else

April 20, 2018

Should students have privacy rights at school? Do you lose all your privacy rights upon entering a building because of a security camera at the door? Should people generally have some reasonable expectation of privacy even in public spaces where they might be observed by others? CCLA believes they should, and we are at the […]

Locking Up the Poor for being Poor: CCLA at Supreme Court to Defend Rights of the Indigent

April 17, 2018

This week the Canadian Civil Liberties Association will be at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that a mandatory victim surcharge, imposed on all “offenders,” is a cruel and unusual punishment that should be struck down by the Court. The victim surcharge requires individuals to pay a financial sum — over and above any […]

Federal Court of Appeal Set a Disturbingly Low Bar for Reporting Charter Problems

April 3, 2018

On March 20, 2018, more than a year after hearing arguments in the matter of Schmidt v. Attorney General of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision. The ruling affirms that the Minister of Justice only has to report to Parliament regarding inconsistencies between a proposed bill and the Charter of Rights and […]

A Victory for the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

January 31, 2018

Today, an important decision for a patient’s right to equal access to health care was handed down by Ontario’s Divisional Court. The Court upheld the requirement that physicians who conscientiously object to a medical procedure – such as medical assistance in dying or reproductive health services – must refer patients to physicians willing to provide […]