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




The Current State of Mental Health in Canada

February 9, 2017

Mental health has long been recognized as a fundamental aspect of one’s health, however under our current health regime the majority of mental health services do not meet the eligibility requirement of “medically necessary.”


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

Le droit de vote au Canada : Liens utiles et ressources disponibles en ligne

February 9, 2017

Publications et rapports   Histoire L’histoire du vote au Canada (2007) Survol historique des fondements du système électoral canadien ainsi que des principales luttes sociales qui en ont favorisé l’accès. Droit de vote au Canada (2015) Article encyclopédique condensé résumant brièvement les grandes époques entourant l’accession au droit de vote chez différents groupes sociaux. Droit […]


Privacy & Access Rights

Combatting Apathy: Why Privacy Matters

February 9, 2017

Our lives are more transparent than ever before. Almost every instance of human activity generates some form of electronic record. Whether it be a purchase, a text message or e-mail sent, or a trip taken, a variety of organizations are following the digital tracks our journey through life inevitably leaves behind. Even a stroll through a busy downtown district is recorded on camera. This is not science fiction,

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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 […]

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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

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.

Supreme Court: implied consent for “less sensitive” information under PIPEDA

November 28, 2016

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang is important to the discussion of privacy rights in Canada. The decision highlights that consent to the disclosure of personal information can be implied under the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) “when the information is ‘less […]

Canada & the UN: Conventions and Treaties

May 17, 2016

Want to learn about Canada’s long history of engagement with the United Nations, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s a list of the conventions and treaties that Canada has ratified to get you started. TalkRights features content produced by CCLA volunteers. For official publications, key reports, position papers, legal documentation, and up-to-date news about the […]


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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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