our mission & vision

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our mission

CCLA IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO DEFENDING THE RIGHTS, DIGNITY, SAFETY, AND FREEDOMS OF ALL PEOPLE IN CANADA.

CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the dignity and rights of people in Canada

our vision

WE BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUITABLY AND THAT THE LEGAL SYSTEM SHOULD WORK FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT AGAINST THEM.

CCLA believes that every person in Canada should be entitled to basic rights, freedoms, dignity and respect. We have a long history of defending Canadians and we believe it is imperative to take a stand against injustice and oppression. We work locally in partnership with pro-bono lawyers to actively fight unjust law to ensure that our legal system works for the people, not against them.

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our values

WE EXIST TO HELP PEOPLE.

For over 50 years, CCLA has been Canada’s national civil liberties organization. Working with dedicated pro-bono lawyers from across the country, CCLA has intervened in courts at all levels, been vocal in the press and broadcast media, and advocated strategically and effectively to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Canada.  CCLA has been at the forefront of all of the cutting edge civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA has been a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability.

WE EXIST TO FIGHT INJUSTICE.

CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched in our civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA has been a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability.

WE EXIST TO MAKE TOMORROW’S CANADA BETTER.

CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, we are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched in our civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA has been a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability.