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 […]

CCLA at Supreme Court in Trinity Western Case – Hearing This Week

November 29, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2017 TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (“CCLA”) will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada in Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada. The case concerns a private evangelical Christian university which requires all […]

Breaching Unconstitutional Orders: CCLA intervenes in R v Bird

November 24, 2017

Last week, CCLA submitted its factum at the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that an attempt to limit an individual’s legal right to challenge conditions placed on them by the Parole Board must be informed by Charter considerations. Fundamentally, the case is about ensuring that those whose Charter rights have been breached have access […]


November 6, 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will hear a landmark case on surveillance tomorrow (7 November) as part of a challenge to the lawfulness of the UK’s surveillance laws and its intelligence agencies’ mass surveillance practices. The case, described by campaigners as a “watershed moment for people’s privacy and freedom of expression across the world”, […]

CCLA Segregation Challenge

September 13, 2017

This page contains CCLA’s key legal materials, previous work, key decisions, and press for our constitutional challenge of the solitary confinement regime in federal penitentiaries. updates Update – May 14, 2018 The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada hold a press conference on Parliament […]