Talk Rights is a new online space for the Canadian public to learn about their rights and freedoms. We invite you to explore our growing collection of resources, to contribute your own ideas, stories and priorities to the conversation, to ask the CCLA your burning civil liberties questions, and get involved in the CCLA’s advocacy campaigns. There’s never been a better time to join the conversation about civil liberties in Canada — so let’s talk rights!


Latest Videos



Gender-Based Discrimination at a Glance – A View from the Press

January 25, 2018

This is a compilation of various news sources from across Canada highlighting contemporary challenges and realities faced by transgender and gender non-conforming people on a day-to-day basis, as well as various legislative moves pursued at different levels of government in Canada.

Police Accountability

Who polices the police?: Civilian police oversight in Canada

March 20, 2017

Because the Learn section of TalkRights features content produced by CCLA volunteers and interviews with experts in their own words, opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the CCLA’s own policies or positions. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about the CCLA’s work check out the In Focus section […]

Voter Rights

Voting in Canada: The First Past the Post System

January 25, 2018

As Canadians, the importance of our democratic right to vote is upheld under section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Privacy & Access Rights

How Do US Privacy Laws Impact Canadians?

February 21, 2018

n March 27th 2017, U.S President Donald Trump signed a repeal of the internet privacy regulations that had been adopted under the Obama administration[1]. Those rules required internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain clear permission from their customers before sharing their personal data, including information such as “precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, etc.”

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Share Your Story

Support the CCLA by sharing your goals, experiences, priorities and questions with us here. This space features surveys and questionnaires to help the CCLA’s team of advocates better understand the civil liberties issues that are facing you and your community. Feedback you share here will directly impact the CCLA’s work, inform future content for TalkRights […]

Frequently Asked (Civil Liberties) Questions

Do you have a question about your civil liberties? Read something in the news lately that made you wonder about the state of your rights and freedoms in Canada?

Current Issues

R. v. Spencer: Keeping Your Digital Identity Private

April 13, 2017

Would you want the government to know every webpage you’ve seen? Every Google search you’ve run? Every social media post you’ve clicked? Every file, photo, or video you’ve downloaded? If not, you can thank R. v. Spencer, 2014 SCC 43, 2 SCR 212

Bill 87: Protecting Patients Act, 2017

April 12, 2017

The government of Ontario is currently considering Bill 87: An Act to Implement Health Measures and Measures Relating to Seniors by Enacting, Amending or Repealing Various Statutes, which sounds like a series of pedantic bureaucratic changes irrelevant outside of the medical community. But behind that boring veneer is a threat to privacy worth taking seriously.

Federal Accessibility Law Is in the Works…

December 1, 2016

The federal government has initiated action on the nation’s first accessibility legislation. This legislation hopes to promote the equality of opportunity and increase the inclusion of Canadians who have disabilities or functional limitations.


About Talk Rights

TalkRights is a new space for the Canadian public to learn about their rights and freedoms online. Check out this section to learn about the project and to find out how you or your organization can get involved.

The TalkRights project was funded with generous support from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program. We thank CIRA for their recognition of the importance of civil liberties advocacy and education in Canada.

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