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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 the protection of these most basic rights and freedoms, and yet–in Canada–they continue to be under attack in many ways.

Our Recent Cases and Reports

Learn more about our major ongoing litigation, research, and advocacy in the area of Fundamental Freedoms.

COVID-19

Stay updated with all the latest news from CCLA, including our work monitoring the response to COVID-19 to ensure it’s based on science and is not unnecessarily intrusive to our liberties

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Bill 21

Bill 21 is a law which disproportionately impacts people who are already marginalized. New Quebec laws ban Canadians working as teachers, lawyers, police officers, and more from wearing religious symbols such as crosses, hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes. This not only affects people currently working in the public sector, but also the youth who aspire to those careers.
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Fill Up On Free Speech 

The Ontario legislature passed a law that forces gas station owners to put up stickers with the government party line on pollution pricing or the carbon tax. The government should not force anyone to share their message. If the station owners choose to not put up the stickers, they can be handed a new fine every day. That’s called “compelled political speech.” That’s unconstitutional.

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Fighting Strip Searches

In 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada called strip searches “one of the most extreme exercises of police power” and “inherently humiliating and degrading”. So why has Canada’s federal prison system carried out hundreds of thousands of unnecessary strip searches since then? These are not trivial intrusions. Canadians serving sentences are forced to undergo highly invasive searches in low-risk situations, such as leaving a secure area, or even upon release from prison. These searches can inflict severe psychological trauma, particularly for those with a history of being abused. We’re asking the federal government to end these harmful practices.

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Fighting Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is the practice of confining someone in conditions of extreme isolation. Getting the practice ruled unconstitutional has been a major goal of both CCLA and BCCLA.  We went to Canada’s highest court for a showdown with the federal government.

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Protest Rights & the G20

Canadians deserve to know why the security failed to fulfill its role to protect the right to protest, which brings together a number of basic civil liberties including freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of peaceful assembly.
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COVID-19

Stay up to date with all the latest work that CCLA is doing to monitor the response to COVID-19, ensuring it’s based on science and is not unnecessarily intrusive to our liberties.

Bill 21

Bill 21 is a law which disproportionately impacts people who are already marginalized. New Quebec laws ban Canadians working as teachers, lawyers, police officers, and more from wearing religious symbols such as crosses, hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes. This not only affects people currently working in the public sector, but also the youth who aspire to those careers.

Fill Up On Free Speech

The Ontario legislature passed a law that forces gas station owners to put up stickers with the government party line on pollution pricing or the carbon tax. The government should not force anyone to share their message. If the station owners choose to not put up the stickers, they can be handed a new fine every day. That’s called “compelled political speech.” That’s unconstitutional.

Fighting Strip Searches

In 2001, the Supreme Court of Canada called strip searches “one of the most extreme exercises of police power” and “inherently humiliating and degrading”. So why has Canada’s federal prison system carried out hundreds of thousands of unnecessary strip searches since then? These are not trivial intrusions. Canadians serving sentences are forced to undergo highly invasive searches in low-risk situations, such as leaving a secure area, or even upon release from prison. These searches can inflict severe psychological trauma, particularly for those with a history of being abused. We’re asking the federal government to end these harmful practices.

Fighting Solitary Confinement

Solitary confinement is the practice of confining someone in conditions of extreme isolation. Getting the practice ruled unconstitutional has been a major goal of both CCLA and BCCLA. We went to Canada’s highest court for a showdown with the federal government.

Protest Rights & the G20

The Ontario legislature passed a law that forces gas station owners to put up stickers with the government party line on pollution pricing or the carbon tax. The government should not force anyone to share their message. If the station owners choose to not put up the stickers, they can be handed a new fine every day. That’s called “compelled political speech.” That’s unconstitutional.

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Fundamental Freedom Updates and Briefs

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Foreign Interference Bill: CCLA Warns the Senate Committee about Charter Issues that Must Be Addressed

On June 10, 2024, Shakir Rahim, director of the Criminal Justice program at the Canadian…
June 10, 2024

Free Speech and Protest Rights: CCLA to Universities and Police Services: You Must Walk the Talk

On June 7, 2024, Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, director of the Fundamental Freedoms program and interim…
June 7, 2024

Civil Society Should be Granted Adequate Time to Meaningfully Engage in the Public Consultations Around the Foreign Interference Bill

TORONTO — Yesterday, Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) Lawyers Anaïs Bussières McNicoll (Director of the Fundamental…
June 5, 2024

Free Speech and Protest Rights: CCLA Granted Leave to Intervene in the McGill University Injunction Proceeding

On June 4, 2024, Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program and Interim…
June 4, 2024

Free Speech and Protest Rights: CCLA Granted Leave to Intervene in the University of Toronto Injunction Proceeding

On June 4, 2024, Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program and Interim…
June 4, 2024

Free Speech and Protest Rights: CCLA Seeks Leave to Intervene in McGill University’s Injunction Proceedings against the Encampment on its Campus

On May 27, 2024, Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program and Interim…
May 28, 2024

CCLA Before the SCC to Defend Democratic Rights

Now more than ever, it is crucial for voters to be able to exercise their…
May 22, 2024

CCLA Reaction to the Introduction of Bill C-70

On May 7, 2024, CCLA joined a call by civil society organizations, academics and experts…
May 14, 2024

CCLA Calls for Investigation into Edmonton Police

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program of the Canadian Civil…
May 14, 2024

Student Protest Movement: CCLA Calls for an Investigation into Calgary Police’s Recent Conduct

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of the Fundamental Freedoms Program of the Canadian Civil…
May 11, 2024

Know Your Rights: Universities Should Continue to Acknowledge the Rights of Students to Express Themselves and to Protest Peacefully

Now more than ever, it is important for individuals to understand their rights when they…
May 8, 2024

Online Harms Act (Bill C-63): CCLA Joins Civil Society Call to Separate Parts Two and Three from the Bill

On May 7, 2024, CCLA joined a call by civil society organizations, academics and experts…
May 8, 2024

Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Freedom of Expression: CCLA Welcomes the Quebec Superior Court Decision Refusing to Order the Dismantlement of the McGill University Encampment

MONTREAL — Following the Quebec Superior Court’s dismissal of an injunction application seeking the dismantlement of…
May 2, 2024

Leave to Appeal Filed at the Supreme Court of Canada on Bill 21 Case

OTTAWA — The National Council for Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and…
April 30, 2024

CCLA Granted Leave to Challenge Arbitrary Travel Restrictions Before the SCC

Arbitrary travel restrictions infringe on the mobility rights of Canadians. CCLA’s challenge of Newfoundland government’s…
April 26, 2024

CCLA Calls on the Ontario Speaker to Lift His Ban on Keffiyehs

TORONTO — Anaïs Bussières McNicoll, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
April 25, 2024

Freedom of Association: SCC Confirms that the Same Test Applies to Positive and Negative Rights Claims

On April 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its decision in the Société…
April 23, 2024

CCLA to Defend Democratic Rights Before the Supreme Court of Canada in Working Families Case

The Supreme Court of Canada just granted CCLA leave to intervene in the Attorney general…
April 17, 2024

Bill 124 confirmed unconstitutional by the Ontario Court of Appeal as regards unionized employees

The Protecting a Sustainable Public Service for Future Generations Act, 2019 (Bill 124) limited wage…
March 21, 2024

CCLA Reacts to Bill 21

MONTREAL — Today the Court of Appeal has issued a disappointing decision rejecting the constitutional challenge…
February 29, 2024

CCLA Urges Substantial Amendments to the Online Harms Act

TORONTO — Following the Government of Canada’s reintroduction of the Online Harms Act (Bill C-63), Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive…
February 28, 2024

CCLA intervenes on parliamentary privilege and democracy

CCLA is intervening in a motion on Parliamentary privilege and when courts may review decisions…
February 22, 2024

Emergencies Act FAQs

Why did CCLA take the federal government to court to challenge its use of the…
January 26, 2024

Emergency is Not in the Eye of the Beholder: Federal Court Grants Victory to CCLA in Emergencies Act Challenge

TORONTO — The Federal Court of Canada has just issued its decision allowing the Canadian…
January 23, 2024

CBC News: Ottawa’s use of Emergencies Act against convoy protests was unreasonable, violated Charter, court rules

Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, executive director of the CCLA, said their win sets a clear and…
January 23, 2024

Freedom of Expression, the Right to Protest, and Academic Freedom in a Time of Crisis

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) recognizes that in times of crisis, it is all…
November 11, 2023

Litigation, Costs and Public Interest Groups – CCLA Intervening to Clarify the Law

The CCLA, in conjunction with the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) and Democracy Watch, were granted…
October 20, 2023

National Security and Parliament’s Role – CCLA Intervening in Ontario Case

Should our elected representatives on a committee to oversee our national security agencies have the…
October 3, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Peterson Decision

TORONTO —  Noa Mendelsoh Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties…
August 23, 2023

Decision in Taylor v. Newfoundland Case

On May 11, 2020, CCLA sent a letter to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador…
August 17, 2023

Canadian Civil Liberties Association Launches Fund Honouring Clayton Ruby’s Storied Legacy of Social Justice Advocacy

TORONTO — In commemoration of the late Clayton Ruby's extraordinary impact on advancing social justice…
July 27, 2023

CCLA in Court to Address Regulatory Overreach and Defend Freedom of Expression

The CCLA spoke before Ontario’s Divisional Court on June 21, 2023 to address overreach by…
June 22, 2023

Workers’ Rights, Freedom of Association, and Holding the Government to Account: CCLA Intervenes in Ontario Wage Cap Appeal

CCLA is intervening before the Ontario Court of Appeal in a case about freedom of…
June 22, 2023

Workers’ Rights, Freedom of Association, and Holding the Government to Account: CCLA Intervenes in Ontario Wage Cap Appeal

CCLA is intervening before the Ontario Court of Appeal in a case about freedom of…
June 16, 2023

NCCM and CCLA Statement on Quebec Superior Court Decision on Prayer Ban

MONTREAL — This morning, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties…
June 14, 2023

NCCM and CCLA Litigating Prayer Ban

MONTREAL — The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and…
June 13, 2023

NCCM AND CCLA LAUNCH JOINT CHALLENGE TO QUEBEC GOVERNMENT’S BAN ON PRAYERS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

(Montreal, Quebec)—The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), and…
May 26, 2023

SLAPPs, Speech, and Standing Up for Equality

CCLA appears before the Supreme Court of Canada in key defamation case of Hansman v…
May 23, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Quebec Directive on Prayer Spaces in Public Schools

TORONTO — Harini Sivalingam, Lawyer and Director of the Equality Program at the Canadian Civil…
April 24, 2023

CCLA Fighting to Protect Freedom of Association for All Workers at the Supreme Court of Canada

The CCLA is intervening before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that will…
April 12, 2023

CCLA Fighting for Transparency and Openness before the Supreme Court

The CCLA is intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ontario v. Information and…
April 12, 2023

CCLA speaks out on guiding principles for Canada’s upcoming online safety proposal

CCLA has joined with 12 other civil society organizations to release a joint statement addressed…
March 21, 2023

CCLA Reacts to Working Families Decision

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), reacted to…
March 6, 2023

Read our op-ed inspired by Freedom to Read Week by Cara Zwibel, Director, Fundamental Freedoms Program

Last Spring Sotheby’s auction house sold off a copy of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale…
February 24, 2023

Supreme Court Dodges Key Issue in R. v. McGregor

A majority of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. McGregor opted not to…
February 21, 2023

CCLA Reaction to Public Order Emergency Commission

February 17, 2023 Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association…
February 17, 2023

CCLA Notches Legal Victory Against Government in Emergencies Act Case

February 14, 2023 Toronto, ON — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is announcing a…
February 14, 2023

CCLA releases Ebook: Civil Liberties & the Emergencies Act

Read the final submissions of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to the Public Order Emergency…
February 14, 2023

CCLA Intervening in Tik Tok Injunction Appeal to Protect Space for Digital Activism

TikTok teens and duet fiends, take note. The CCLA is intervening in an Ontario court…
January 11, 2023

CCLA Closing Statement at Public Order Emergency Commission

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 25, 2022

CCLA reacts to Prime Minister Trudeau’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 25, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Freeland’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 24, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Lametti’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
November 23, 2022

CCLA reacts to Minister Mendicino’s testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 22, 2022

CCLA Reacts to CSIS’ Testimony at POEC

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
November 21, 2022

Emergency is Not in the Eye of the Beholder

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
November 18, 2022

CBC News: Ontario government repeals anti-strike law for CUPE education workers

After news of the bill's repeal, Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, the executive director and general counsel…
November 15, 2022

Statement on the Repeal of Bill 28

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made…
November 14, 2022

Repeal of Bill 28 – Huge Victory for all Who Fought for Rights and Freedoms in Ontario

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the…
November 7, 2022

Statement on Federal Court decision re: Ontario Premier/Deputy Premier summons to appear before Public Order Emergency Commission

The Federal Court’s decision confirms that the Public Order Emergency Commission had the legal authority…
November 7, 2022

Statement on the Passage of Bill 28

TORONTO — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the…
November 3, 2022

Toronto Star: It’s time to ditch the notwithstanding clause

But recently, the Quebec and Ontario governments have shown an alarming trend to resort to…
November 2, 2022

Statement on Notwithstanding Clause

OTTAWA — Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, Executive Director of the  Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the following…
October 31, 2022

Statement on CCLA vs Nova Scotia (Attorney General)

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
October 26, 2022

Statement on Ford Seeking Judicial Review

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 24, 2022

Premier Ford Must Testify

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 20, 2022

Statement on Public Order Emergency Commission Proceedings of October 17-18

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), made the…
October 18, 2022

Statement on Public Order Emergency Commission Proceedings of October 14

OTTAWA — Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA),…
October 14, 2022

Rouleau Warns of Tight Timelines, But Government Took Maximum Amount of Time to Appoint Commissioner

OTTAWA — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) made its opening statement at the Public Order Emergency…
October 13, 2022

Government Had Other Options Than The Emergencies Act

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada had options other than the emergencies act, the Canadian…
October 12, 2022

Federal Court Releases Decision on Cabinet Confidences Motion

Abby Deshman, Director of the Criminal Justice program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made…
September 1, 2022

CCLA Intervening in Challenge to Sex Work Laws

The CCLA recently filed its written argument in Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform…
August 16, 2022

CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2022 CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL…
August 10, 2022

CCLA in Federal Court, Fighting to Hold Government Accountable for Unprecedented Emergencies Act Use

CCLA is in federal court today to protect meaningful judicial review of government action.  The…
August 8, 2022

CCLA Demands Immediate Repeal of Regulations Limiting Abortion Access in NB

In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the CCLA…
July 28, 2022

CCLA Statement at New Brunswick Rally on Abortion, Reproductive Justice, and 2SGLBTQI+ Rights

Today's ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back…
July 9, 2022

CCLA Reacts to Decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Today's ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States is an appalling step back…
June 24, 2022

CCLA Welcomes Decision Promoting Access to Justice

CCLA is pleased that the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the test for public…
June 23, 2022

Remarques à l’occasion de l’anniversaire d’une hypocrisie – la loi 21

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS SEEK LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION NCCM & CCLA file an…
June 16, 2022

CCLA Intervening at Ontario Court of Appeal on Importance of Political Expression and the Right to Vote

The CCLA continues to work to ensure that governments do not overreach in exercising their…
June 14, 2022

CCLA Moving Forward with Appeal of Nova Scotia Anti-Protest Injunction

The CCLA continues to work to ensure that governments do not overreach in exercising their…
April 8, 2022

CCLA Presents to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on Bill 100 (Ontario)

Oral Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario…
April 7, 2022

CCLA Reaction to the Revocation of the Declaration of Emergency

We welcome the government’s decision to revoke the proclamation of emergency – it is overdue.…
February 23, 2022

CCLA Reaction to Vote in the House

Abby Deshman, Director of Criminal Justice for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association made the following…
February 22, 2022

CCLA Will Fight Invocation of Emergencies Act in Court

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) announced today that it will pursue litigation to challenge…
February 17, 2022

Remarks From the Emergencies Act Press Release of February 2022

This week, the federal government invoked the Emergencies Act – an extreme law that has…
February 17, 2022

CCLA Statement on the Emergencies Act

The Emergencies Act can only be invoked, according to its own terms, when a situation…
February 15, 2022

By Terminating the Basic Income Project Early, the Ontario Government Hurt Vulnerable People

On February 2nd, CCLA will be appearing as an intervenor before the Ontario Court of…
February 1, 2022

CCLA’s Statement on Quebec’s Tax Proposal

Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms and acting General Counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties…
January 12, 2022

CCLA to Premier Legault: End the Curfew

The CCLA has written to Quebec’s Premier, Francois Legault, urging him to reconsider and rescind…
January 12, 2022

CCLA & NCCM file factum against Bill 21 in Quebec Court of Appeal

CCLA filed legal submissions against Bill 21 in the Quebec Court of Appeal. In this…
December 9, 2021

CCLA disappointed to see Ontario election ad restrictions upheld

On December 3, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the constitutionality of recent…
December 8, 2021

CCLA makes its case against Ontario’s third party advertising restrictions

On November 22, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court will hear arguments in the Working Families…
November 18, 2021

CCLA to Minister: Choosing not to be vaccinated should not disentitle you from employment insurance

CCLA has written to Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, urging…
November 2, 2021

Offensive Comedy ≠ Discrimination

The Supreme Court of Canada has released its decision in Ward v. Commission des droits…
October 29, 2021

CCLA Calls on Elections Ontario to Disclose All MPP Complaints

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling on Elections Ontario to disclose how many…
October 25, 2021

SCC on Freedom of Expression – Accentuating the Negative

The Supreme Court of Canada rendered a decision in an important freedom of expression case…
October 5, 2021

CCLA’s Submission on Canada’s Proposed Approach to Addressing Harmful Content Online

Prior to the election, the government of Canada initiated a consultation on a proposed approach…
September 28, 2021

Fear, Loathing and the Law: Pushing the Limits of Legislating “Good” Behaviour

CCLA Essay by Cara Zwibel, Director of Fundamental Freedoms and Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy…
September 20, 2021

CCLA Joins Fight Against Ontario’s Use of the Notwithstanding Clause

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been granted permission to intervene in a case in…
September 20, 2021

CCLA Makes Submissions to the Federal Review of the Access to Information Act

The CCLA believes that a strong access to information regime is crucial to a vibrant…
August 23, 2021
COVID Vaccine Passport

FAQ: Vaccine Passports

The lines are being drawn between those who support and oppose some version of a…
August 17, 2021

Five Things to Know About Canada’s Online Harms “Consultation”

The federal government is proposing a new regime that would regulate social media companies and,…
August 3, 2021

CCLA Seeks to Appeal Nova Scotia Anti-Protest Injunction

While the injunction is no longer in force in the province, we remain concerned about…
July 19, 2021

Nova Scotia Attempting to Avoid Public Scrutiny

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is concerned the Government of Nova Scotia is attempting…
June 24, 2021

‘Cease And Desist’ – Liberal Party Must Halt Use Of Facial Fingerprinting

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is calling on the Liberal Party of Canada to…
June 23, 2021

CCLA Will Seek Leave To Intervene

CCLA will be seeking to intervene in Working Families’ new challenge to the third party…
June 22, 2021

3rd Party Voices in 2018 Ontario Election

After the Ontario Superior Court struck down limitations on 3rd party election spending as unconstitutional,…
June 11, 2021

CCLA Statement on Ford’s Extraordinary Use of the Notwithstanding Clause

The notwithstanding clause was designed to be a democratic safety valve, not a brazen power…
June 9, 2021

Ontario Superior Court Strikes Down Third Party Spending Limits

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is celebrating another decisive win in Ontario Superior Court.…
June 8, 2021

Letter to Nunavut re: Travel and Self-Isolation Requirements

At the outset of the pandemic, when much was unknown, governments took a number of…
June 7, 2021

CCLA to Challenge Nova Scotia’s Protest Injunction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 28, 2021

CCLA Taking Steps to Fight Nova Scotia’s Protest Injunction

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is taking steps to fight an injunction obtained by…
May 18, 2021

Letter To NS re: Travel Restrictions

Nova Scotia’s current rules unreasonably restrict fundamental mobility rights invested in Canadian citizens and permanent…
May 11, 2021

Internet Regulation and Freedom of Expression – CCLA Monitoring Bill C-10

Canadians frequently upload audio and video content online as a means of communication with one…
May 4, 2021

Know Your Rights for Ontarians

Knowing your rights is an important tool to help you recognize when your rights have…
April 23, 2021

Mobility Ladder

Understanding your mobility rights, as protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
April 22, 2021

CCLA Remarks on Bill 21 Judgment by the Quebec Superior Court

Today is judgment day on Bill 21. A complex decision was handed down by the…
April 20, 2021

Letter to NB re: Travel Restrictions

In our view, New Brunswick's current rules unreasonably restrict mobility rights guaranteed to Canadians by…
April 8, 2021

Canadian Rights During COVID-19: Interim Report on COVID’s Second Wave

Who cares about laws and rights during a pandemic? We do at CCLA because the…
March 30, 2021

Submissions Before Ontario Standing Committee on The Legislative Assembly re: Bill 254

When the Attorney General introduced these changes in the Assembly he framed them as putting…
March 30, 2021

Premier Legault—It’s Time To Drop The Curfew

The CCLA is speaking out against Premier Legault’s unjust Quebec curfew.
March 23, 2021

Manitoba Law Society “Good Character” Process Undermines Truth and Reconciliation, Diversity and Equality

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association sent a brief to the Manitoba Law Society asking it…
March 17, 2021

CCLA Before Supreme Court on Free Expression and Democracy

On Tuesday, March 16, lawyers for the CCLA will be appearing before the Supreme Court…
March 15, 2021

Ongoing Issues Associated with Travel Restrictions

In a letter dated March 10 we sent another letter to the federal government with…
March 11, 2021

Proposed Election Finance Changes are Bad for Democracy

Beware Canadian governments bearing legal gifts promising better democracy in 2021. Canada, and Ontario in…
March 10, 2021

CCLA to NB Speaker: Don’t Interfere with Protests on Legislative Grounds

Following concerning reports about the treatment of protesters during a demonstration at Parliament Square in…
March 2, 2021

Better Safe Than Sorry is the Motto of a Police State

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
February 19, 2021

Regulating Social Media: Into the Unknown

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
February 10, 2021

Letter to Attorney General and Minister of Transportation re: Recently Imposed Travel Restrictions

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
February 8, 2021

Can an Employer Force an Employee to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
February 4, 2021

CCLA on Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order

“As the Ontario Government announced a 28-day stay-at-home order, what concerns us the most is…
January 14, 2021

CCLA Writes to David Lametti and Marc Garneau: Canadians Must be Allowed to Come Home

CCLA writing to the Government of Canada announcement of December 31, 2020 stating that, as…
January 6, 2021

Whose Religious Symbols Can Shine???

In this season of darkness, the festivals of light bringing warmth and cheer may be…
December 21, 2020

CCLA Writes to BC Provincial Health Officer Regarding Religious Services

We are writing on behalf of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the…
December 17, 2020

CCLA Debates Vaccine Passports on TVO.org: Our Letter that Sparked the Debate

We are writing you about the bad idea floated from an Ontario executive podium respecting…
December 14, 2020

Mandatory Vaccination Laws: What Laws?

The Charter of Rights would have something to say about a law mandating vaccinations, if…
December 10, 2020

BC Travel Restrictions Unconstitutional, No New Fines Needed

The Canadian and British Columbia Civil Liberties Associations are raising concerns about travel restrictions expected…
November 20, 2020

A Civil Liberties Take on Canada’s Second Wave of COVID-19 Emergency Orders

During the first wave of COVID, we were quite critical of a number of the…
November 19, 2020

Secret Evidence in The Age of Artificial Intelligence

Today’s most popular form of artificial intelligence (AI) – machine learning – is often called…
November 13, 2020

CCLA Memorandum to Ministers Responsible for Human Rights

This memorandum sets forth the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s (CCLA) submissions for FPT Ministers responsible…
November 10, 2020

CCLA to NB: Do not Deny Students Access to Their Schools

Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to object to the government’s unlawful treatment of students from…
November 10, 2020

Justice Vs. the G20: The Legacy that Shapes Protests Today

Protests at the G20 and G8 Summits in Toronto went onto become the largest in…
November 7, 2020

Seeking Information About the Province’s Self-Isolation Order for Persons Entering Manitoba

The province of Manitoba currently has a self-isolation requirement for individuals entering the province from…
October 30, 2020

Why Mobility Rights Continue to Matter

Why we’re appealing the decision of the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court of a few…
October 28, 2020

The Open Court Principle and the Importance of Public Access to IRB Hearings

We write on behalf of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to express concern regarding…
October 27, 2020

Playing With(out) Privacy

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
October 15, 2020

CCLA Says Governing by Press Release, Not by Law, is COVID Governance by Stealth

In a letter dated October 14, we wrote to the Attorney General of Ontario over…
October 14, 2020

Statement to Select Special Public Health Act Review Committee, Legislative Assembly of Alberta

Founded in 1964, the CCLA is a national, independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to furthering…
August 27, 2020

CCLA Statement of Support for Abortion Rights & LGBTQ+ Healthcare Now Protest

The role of the government is to protect the health of its citizens. It is…
August 27, 2020

Social Media Smarts

How much should we rely on social media when it comes to information that is…
August 10, 2020

Bill 195: Ontario’s Power Grab

The Ontario government is trying to end the legal state of emergency and simultaneously hold…
July 20, 2020

CCLA to Ontario MPPs: Resist the Premier’s Undemocratic Power Grab

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
July 10, 2020

Alberta’s Bill 1: Suppression of Freedom of Expression

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
July 8, 2020

Contact Tracing App in Canada: To Download or Not

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
July 3, 2020

On Mandatory Masks

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
June 26, 2020

How Long Can We Live in a State of Emergency?

Some provinces and territories took longer than others to declare a legal emergency, begging the…
June 19, 2020

CCLA Writes to YT: Mobility Rights and Travel to Yukon

We are writing you regarding the constitutionality and impact of the Border Control Measures (COVID-19)…
May 28, 2020

A Crisis is a Terrible Time to Legislate

There are two kinds of emergency management legislation: those legislated after a crisis is over,…
May 27, 2020

No Mask, No Service? Not so Fast.

When the Premier of Ontario was asked last week on a teleconference whether merchants can…
May 27, 2020

Privacy, Access to Information, and You: The COVID-19 Edition

As we flounder about looking for ways out of the COVID-19 climate of fear, and…
May 26, 2020

CCLA Writes to NU: Mobility Rights and Travel to Nunavut

Regarding mobility rights, pursuant to section 6(2) of the Charter, individuals may take up residence…
May 26, 2020

CCLA Writes to NWT: Mobility Rights and Travel to Northwest Territories

Regarding mobility rights, pursuant to section 6(2) of the Charter, individuals may take up residence…
May 26, 2020

CCLA In The Supreme Court: Mobility Rights

Originating Application Before The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador
May 22, 2020

There Are No Provincial Borders in Canada

The COVID19 provincial and territorial border closures are proving Mackenzie King’s truism that “Canada is…
May 21, 2020

CCLA Writes to PEI: Mobility Rights and Travel to PEI

Regarding mobility rights, pursuant to section 6(2) of the Charter, individuals may take up residence…
May 19, 2020

CCLA Writes to NB: Mobility Rights and Travel to New Brunswick

We are writing you regarding New Brunswick’s recently renewed and revised Mandatory Order related to…
May 15, 2020

CCLA Writes to NL: Reconsider Travel Ban and Bill 38

Pursuant to a Special Measure issued by the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Special Measures…
May 12, 2020

Government Censorship and Pandemic “Mis”Information

Canada can flatten the curve without flattening free speech. Government censorship is hardly a public…
April 28, 2020

Children and Parents Belong Together, Especially During a Pandemic

It has come to our attention that many Children’s Aid Societies have effectively cancelled all…
April 24, 2020

CCLA to Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer

We are concerned in particular with the prohibitions on public and private outdoor gatherings contained…
April 20, 2020

A G20 Victory Ten Years In The Making

The Ontario Court of Appeal has handed down an important decision in a case that…
April 17, 2020

The Albertan Government Covers its Tracks and Grabs Power in Bill 10

The Albertan government has capitalised on the confusion of the coronavirus crisis to cover up past mistakes and to grant…
April 14, 2020

CCLA to Nunavut: Concerns Restricting Gatherings

We have grave concerns that the order is unconstitutional. While we appreciate that public health…
April 8, 2020

Physical Distancing Shouldn’t Preclude Public Dissent

Remember protest and dissent? It is hard to believe that just six weeks ago the…
April 3, 2020

Freedom Fighting During a Pandemic

Go read Leonard Cohen’s “Moving Into a Period” in his Book of Longing. Cohen foresaw…
April 2, 2020

CCLA to Federal Attorney General and Federal Governor General

I am writing about the failure of Canada to disclose its Governor in Council orders…
March 26, 2020

Emergency Powers and Transparency

For civil libertarians, invoking emergency legislation is usually considered no-no. As a civil rights watchdog…
March 25, 2020

CCLA to NS Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing: What’s Your Plan?

We are writing regarding the Direction under a Declared State of Emergency that you recently…
March 24, 2020

Misinformation: Is it Time For Social Media Distancing?

The pursuit of the truth today is not an academic or recreational exercise – we…
March 20, 2020

Democratic Hygiene Amid Tough Talk by NFLD Health Minister

On 18th March 2020, Newfoundland Health Minister John Haggie, held a press conference to announce…
March 19, 2020

Update on Air Travel Restrictions for Canadians Returning Home

CCLA asked the feds for more timely transparency by releasing their interim Cabinet orders for…
March 19, 2020

Emergency Orders Declared Across The Country

Emergency management orders can be made by federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government, where…
March 19, 2020

Balancing Public Health with the Rights of Canadians

CCLA speaks to various media outlets across the country to discuss the importance of upholding…
March 19, 2020

CCLA Wants to Bring Canadians Home. Now.

The federal government announces that symptomatic Canadians stuck abroad will be able to come back…
March 19, 2020

What are the Human Rights Implications of Quarantine Orders?

Public officials must ensure that the quarantined have adequate living conditions and the effective right…
March 19, 2020

2020 Quebec Superior Court

Suspending Bill 21 is an urgent matter. We were before the Quebec Court of Appeal…
December 20, 2019

A Chilly Climate for Free Speech This Election Season

An election is a time when we should be encouraging debate and discussion from all…
August 20, 2019

Seeking to Appeal Interim Decision on Bill 21

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS SEEK LEAVE TO APPEAL BILL 21 DECISION NCCM & CCLA file an…
July 23, 2019

Fighting Quebec’s Religious Symbol’s Ban – As it Unfolds

CCLA is currently challenging the discriminatory religious symbols ban, Bill 21 in Quebec alongside the…
June 19, 2019

CCLA In Court: Freedom of Religion

Bill 21 Constitutional Challenge and Application for Suspension of The Law
June 17, 2019

CCLA and NCCM’s Application Regarding Quebec’s Religious Symbols Ban

Bill 21, An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State, passed in the Quebec National…
June 17, 2019

Can a Politician Block You on Twitter?

Can an elected representative block a critical constituent on Twitter? What about suing another representative…
June 7, 2019

Breaking Down the “Digital Charter” – Part 1

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 24, 2019

CCLA at the Supreme Court: Journalistic Source Protection

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 16, 2019

An Even Bigger Victory for Equality, Abortion, and the Rights of Vulnerable Patients

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled in favour of vulnerable patients and their…
May 15, 2019

Access to Abortion, Dying with Dignity, and More Upheld by Ontario Court of Appeal

Doctors in Ontario will not be required to personally perform abortions, medical assistance in dying,…
May 15, 2019

CCLA Voices Concern Over Several Measures In Budget Bill

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 13, 2019

In the Fight for Free Speech, Where Does Facebook Fit?

As an organization with a strong commitment to freedom of expression, CCLA has traditionally focused…
May 10, 2019

CCLA Letter to Ontario Government Regarding Carbon Tax Stickers

We have put Ontario government on notice that we will challenge their unconstitutional, compelled speech…
April 30, 2019

CCLA at the Supreme Court: What Happens When the Police Arrest You for a Non-Existent Offence?

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. It may be hard to believe, but earlier…
April 18, 2019

Carbon Tax “Notice” Requirement is Provincial Government Propaganda, Plain and Simple

Forcing an opinion on someone, or putting words in their mouth, is a violation of…
April 15, 2019

Statement on Julian Assange’s Detention by CCLA And INCLO Members

The undersigned members of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations (INCLO) express concern over…
April 15, 2019

Letter to Quebec Minister of Justice Regarding Child Pornography Prosecution Against Author/Editor

Letter to Quebec Minister of Justice Regarding Child Pornography Prosecution Against Author/Editor
April 12, 2019

Young Voices, Youth Activism, and Social Change

In these days of heavy-handed rhetoric from our leaders and political infighting, it is easy…
April 11, 2019
Activists Protesting Peacefully in the street

Student Walkouts: You’ve Got The Power, We’ve Got Your Back.

We are writing about the student walkout planned for Thursday, April 4, 2019, at public…
April 3, 2019

CCLA at The Supreme Court: When Can The Police Arrest You to ‘Protect’ You?

How far can police officers go when initiating a “protective” arrest? Can innocent protestors be…
March 21, 2019

CCLA to Ottawa: Call an SCC Reference

Of the many tools at the disposal of a government in times of profound uncertainty,…
February 23, 2019

This Public Consultation on Sex Ed is Keeping a Lot Secret

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
February 14, 2019

Money (That’s What They Want)

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that the collection of our private, personal…
February 13, 2019

Shaving the Constitutional Tiger: Attorney General 101

As the SNC-Lavalin prosecution controversy unfolds, Canadians are digging into a part of our constitution…
February 8, 2019

The PMO has Discovered the Presumption of Innocence

SNC-Gate might be the way the Kremlin works, wherein Putin officials manipulate the justice system…
February 7, 2019

Dialing 911 On Hate Speech Against Women

Equality rights need teeth. Criminalizing expression violates freedom of speech. Both ideals are true and…
January 29, 2019

Governing by Mercenary

As with the U.S. over-reliance upon private contractors to wage wars, in Canada, we too…
January 29, 2019

A Victory For Democratic Rights At The Supreme Court

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada has released its long awaited decision in Frank v Canada, striking provisions…
January 11, 2019

Federal Government’s Election Reforms Fall Short

Yesterday, the government passed sweeping new legislation that will govern the 2019 federal election. Many…
December 11, 2018

Vice Media Appeal Could Spell Bleak Friday For Press Freedom

A week after Black Friday may render Bleak Friday for press freedom if the Supreme…
December 3, 2018

What The Vice Media Decision Might Mean For Press Freedome

The Supreme Court’s decision in R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc. is not the victory for press…
December 3, 2018

Contact Your MPP to Stop the Misuse of the Notwithstanding Clause

Urge your MPP to vote against the Ontario government’s proposed usage of the notwithstanding clause.
September 12, 2018

March For Our Education

On Saturday July 21st, hundreds of people gathered at the March For Our Education event at Queen’s…
July 23, 2018

Premier Ford’s Back-To-Work Legislation Will Violate Civil Liberties, Hurt Students

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario have joined with striking…
July 16, 2018

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

The CCLA and the NCCM, two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained…
June 29, 2018

INCLO Report Release: Defending Dissent: State Practices that Protect and Promote the Right to Protest

INCLO and the IHRC launched a report today that provides practical guidance on how law enforcement…
June 27, 2018

LGBTQ+ and Gender Equality Triumph: TWU v LSUC

LGBTQ+ and gender equality prevailed today, consistent with CCLA’s position, before the Supreme Court of Canada.
June 15, 2018

Thousands Protest Against G7 Summit by National Assembly in Quebec City

Last weekend, protesters assembled in Quebec City to express their opinions on the G7 Summit…
June 13, 2018

CCLA Highlights Concerns With Bill C-76: Elections Modernization Act

CCLA’s Director of Fundamental Freedoms Cara Zwibel appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee…
June 8, 2018

Victory For Free Speech In Supreme Court Decision: Groia

The Supreme Court today has released its decision in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada, a case that…
June 1, 2018

CCLA Follows Up On YorkU Strike

The following letter was sent to Ms. Lucy Fromowitz on May 30, 2018.
June 1, 2018

Bill 62 (Niqab Ban) Guidelines Cannot Save An Unconstitutional…

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
May 11, 2018

CCLA Talks Right to Protest at University of Chicago Law School

Last week, CCLA’s Director of Public Safety, Rob De Luca, participated in consultation sessions with…
April 2, 2018

Yorku Protesters: You Have The Power. We Have Your Back (Survey)

I am writing to you about disturbing reports regarding the reported activities of security personnel…
March 27, 2018

CCLA Fights to Protect The Right to Vote

Today, CCLA is appearing before the Supreme Court in Frank v Canada to defend the…
March 21, 2018

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

TORONTO, Ont. – This week- on November 30th and December 1st – the Canadian Civil…
November 29, 2017

CCLA and NCCM Launch Legal Challenge Against Quebec’s Bill 62

(Montreal – November 7, 2017) – The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National…
November 7, 2017

CCLA in The Supreme Court: Freedom of Religion

Bill 62 Application for Judicial Review (Declaration of Invalidity) and Application for an Interim Stay
November 3, 2017

Quebec Bill 62 Infringes on Freedom of Religion and Equality

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
October 17, 2017

How Religious Teachings in Public Schools Violates Human Rights: Joint Presentation Before Argentina’s Supreme Court

On Wednesday, August 30, the Argentine Supreme Court held a public hearing on the constitutionality…
August 30, 2017

Supreme Court Case Upholds Order Against Google

TORONTO, Ont. ̶ Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision against Google permits Canadian courts to…
June 28, 2017

A Win for Online Privacy Rights at The Supreme Court: Douez V Facebook

CCLA’s voice was heard and recognized in the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision released…
June 23, 2017

Vice Media Ruling Raises Serious Questions About Press Freedoms

TORONTO ̶ In a ruling today that raises serious questions about reporters’ ability to protect…
March 22, 2017

Statement on Release of New U.S. Travel Restrictions

The CCLA is still seriously concerned by the potential impact on refugees and asylum seekers…
March 6, 2017

Canada Post Order Undermines Free Speech

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
June 10, 2016

Supreme Court Ruling On Assisted Dying To Become Law,…

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
June 6, 2016

Schmidt Case Shows Higher Rights Protection Standards Needed In…

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will challenge the Government of Nova Scotia’s exceptionally broad injunction limiting…
March 2, 2016

Federal Court Case Challenges Government’s Respect for Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Ottawa, ON – Last week, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) intervened in the Federal…
September 30, 2015

CCLA & CJFE Mounting Charter Challenge Against Bill C-51

TORONTO (July 21, 2015) — The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Canadian Journalists for…
July 21, 2015

On to The Courts: Bill C-51 Passed by Senate

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is deeply disappointed that Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorist Act, 2015)…
June 9, 2015
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