Protecting your Right to Mobility in Canada

Canada’s Charter guarantees mobility rights – rights that are designed to ensure that individuals can move around the country and earn a livelihood wherever they may choose. CCLA has stood up against arbitrary or overbroad restrictions on mobility – ensuring that when this crucial right is threatened, governments must establish a compelling reason based in evidence. 

Our Recent Cases and Reports

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Our Work Protecting Freedom of Mobility


Decision in Taylor v. Newfoundland Case

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

CCLA’s Statement on Quebec’s Tax Proposal

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

CCLA to Premier Legault: End the Curfew

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

FAQ: Vaccine Passports

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

Letter to Nunavut re: Travel and Self-Isolation Requirements

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

Letter To NS re: Travel Restrictions

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

Mobility Ladder

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

Letter to NB re: Travel Restrictions

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

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

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

Premier Legault—It’s Time To Drop The Curfew

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

Ongoing Issues Associated with Travel Restrictions

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

Better Safe Than Sorry is the Motto of a Police State

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

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

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

CCLA on Ontario’s Stay-at-Home Order

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

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

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

CCLA Debates Vaccine Passports on Our Letter that Sparked the Debate

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

BC Travel Restrictions Unconstitutional, No New Fines Needed

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

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

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

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

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

Why Mobility Rights Continue to Matter

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

CCLA Writes to YT: Mobility Rights and Travel to Yukon

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

CCLA Writes to NU: Mobility Rights and Travel to Nunavut

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

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

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

CCLA In The Supreme Court: Mobility Rights

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

There Are No Provincial Borders in Canada

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

CCLA Writes to PEI: Mobility Rights and Travel to PEI

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

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

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

CCLA Writes to NL: Reconsider Travel Ban and Bill 38

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

CCLA to Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer

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

CCLA to Nunavut: Concerns Restricting Gatherings

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

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

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

Update on Air Travel Restrictions for Canadians Returning Home

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

Emergency Orders Declared Across The Country

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

CCLA Wants to Bring Canadians Home. Now.

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

What are the Human Rights Implications of Quarantine Orders?

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

Statement on Release of New U.S. Travel Restrictions

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