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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

View our latest work and activity.

Our Work Protecting Freedom of Mobility


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

Decision in Taylor v. Newfoundland Case

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

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
COVID Vaccine Passport

FAQ: Vaccine Passports

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

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

Mobility Ladder

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

Premier Legault—It’s Time To Drop The Curfew

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

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

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

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

CCLA Debates Vaccine Passports on Our Letter that Sparked the Debate

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

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

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

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

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

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

CCLA to Nunavut: Concerns Restricting Gatherings

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

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

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

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
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