CCLA actively stands up to power by fighting against rights violations, abuse of police powers, inequality, and discrimination. We stand for freedom, equality, and a better future for all people in Canada.

Our Work

Our Work Centres Around Our Five Core Beliefs

We believe in
Equality - which includes equity, diversity, and inclusion – recognizes that every person is equal in value and worth, and each is deserving of fairness, dignity and rights.
We believe in
Fundamental Freedoms allow individuals and groups to express themselves, to believe and practice what they choose, and to exercise their right to vote.
We believe in
We work to ensure that constitutional rights are respected at every step of the criminal justice system, and that the extraordinary powers conferred to police and criminal courts are used proportionately, fairly, humanely, and only when absolutely necessary.
We believe in
We bring a principled and rights-focused approach to assessing the impact of new technologies and surveillance, in areas ranging from policing methods to people’s public and private lives.
We Believe In
CCLA & CCLET provide free workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating citizens about their rights and freedoms.

What's Happening Right Now

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COVID Updates

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.

Ontario Private Sector LegislationPRIVACYPrivacy Law Reform
February 24, 2022

Ontario Will Require Employers to Disclose Electronic Monitoring

There has been a gap in protection for workers in our privacy laws for a long time, and this will be a small first step towards filling it.
February 24, 2022

Join Us As We Stand Against Bill 21 and for Human Rights

This is a critical moment.
COVID-19COVID-19 & Law EnforcementDemocratic RightsPRESS RELEASES
February 23, 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. From the outset, however, we have stated that the government did not meet the legal…
CRIMINAL JUSTICECriminal Records & Collateral ConsequencesCriminal Records & Police Record ChecksEQUALITYPRESS RELEASES
February 22, 2022

Quebec Organizations Join the Call for Federal Criminal Record Reform

The Fresh Start Coalition, which includes the CCLA, announced today that several leading Quebec organisations are adding their voices to a growing chorus of groups urging the federal government to…

In The News

Emergencies ActIN THE NEWS
February 17, 2022

CBC: Canadian Civil Liberties Association to sue federal government over Emergencies Act

CCLA says government's decision to invoke act infringes on Canadians' Charter rights.
Emergencies ActIN THE NEWS
February 16, 2022

New York Post: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau slammed for invoking emergency powers to stop protests

Canadian Prime Minister has been criticized by civil liberties groups and politicians for invoking emergency powers.
Emergencies ActIN THE NEWS
February 16, 2022

The Globe and Mail: Ottawa pushes ahead with Emergencies Act as border protests end

The federal government is pushing ahead with sweeping Emergencies Act powers.
Emergencies ActIN THE NEWS
February 16, 2022

Fox News: Trudeau’s declaration ‘bypasses the democratic process’: Civil liberties expert

The civil liberties leader argued the Canadian government already has the tools to deal with "challenging situations."

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