CCLA and NCCM launch legal challenge against Quebec’s Bill 62

November 7, 2017

Le texte français suivra Constitutional lawsuit filed in Quebec Superior Court seeks stay order against bill’s Section 10 (Montreal – November 7, 2017) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit in English and in French in Quebec Superior Court challenging […]


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”, […]

Statement: An Opportunity for Police Oversight and Accountability

November 2, 2017

Today, Ontario’s provincial government introduced major proposed changes to Ontario’s Police Services Act, including significant changes to complaint, oversight and discipline measures through new independent police oversight legislation.  The Canadian Civilian Liberties Association has long advocated for policing reform, including strong accountability and oversight measures, and today’s proposed legislation is an important first step for […]

Bill C58 is not the comprehensive reform needed

October 24, 2017

On Monday October 23rd, Cara Zwibel, Acting General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association appeared before the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics in relation to the study of Bill C-58. A strong access regime is vital to a vibrant democracy. Without information about how our government functions, we simply cannot […]

Quebec Bill 62 Infringes on Freedom of Religion and Equality

October 17, 2017

CCLA firmly opposes Bill 62 – which bans any person receiving government services (including schooling, daycare, or bus rides) from wearing face coverings. The Bill will have an adverse impact on particular Muslim women and others who maintain certain religious or ethnic practices. Many of its provisions clearly violate guarantees set out in both the […]

Help us Win the Aviva Grant – Vote for CCLA’s Know Your Rights Project

October 11, 2017

This month, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has a unique opportunity to create an exciting project, and we need your votes to do it! In communities across Canada, racial profiling, police accountability, privacy and surveillance, peaceful protest and dissent, freedom of religion and freedom from religion, mental health, and the right to clean water and […]

UN Review Should Urge Canada To Reform Immigration Detention System

October 5, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is among national and international human rights groups, led by the International Human Rights Program, saying treatment of children and persons with mental health conditions violates international obligations.   Toronto, October 5, 2017 — A United Nations review of Canada’s human rights record should urge Canada to make concrete commitments to […]

CCLA Announcement: Coalition Calls for Implementation of Loku Inquest Recommendations

October 3, 2017

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is part of a broad-based coalition led by Across Boundaries calling for the implementation of the Andrew Loku Inquest recommendations. “The tragic shooting death of Andrew Loku should never have occurred. It took place within a police culture that raises troubling questions about policing, mental health, systemic racism and other […]

Privacy fears demand real solutions: Privacy Commissioner of Canada releases annual report

September 22, 2017

CCLA has long been concerned that changes in technology and expanding uses of personal information are outstripping Canada’s privacy laws. The Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s 2016/17 annual report expresses this same concern, and makes a series of constructive recommendations to help fix the problems. Commissioner Daniel Therrien makes a strong case for much-needed updates to […]

CCLA Addresses Committee on Impaired Driving Laws (Bill C-46)

September 20, 2017

Should the police have the power to demand a breathalyzer test without reason or suspicion of wrongdoing? On September 18, 2017, CCLA Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, made submissions on CCLA’s behalf to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to address several areas of concern with the government’s […]