News from Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) promotes legal protection of civil rights and liberties, particularly with reference to freedom of expression, police powers, and government intrusions. The CCLA organizes court interventions, presents briefs to provincial and federal legislative committees, and provides deputations to public inquiries. Their education programme provides seminars and workshops in schools and education faculties. Please note that the CCLA cannot offer legal representation.

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What you need to know about the new Police Record Checks Reform Act

On November 1, the Police Records Checks Reform Act (PRCRA) came into force. The new Act standardizes most police record checks in Ontario.

November 09, 2018

Canadian Civil Liberties Association has video series on cannabis legalization

Topics in the series include cannabis legalization, cannabis at the border, at home, in the workplace, driving, and when it's legal or illegal.

October 16, 2018

A Win for Online Privacy Rights at the Supreme Court: Douez v Facebook

When Ms. Douez tried to initiate legal actions against Facebook in BC, Facebook said she couldn't pursue her case because when she created her account, she agreed to their terms of service.

July 12, 2017

CCLA fighting to preserve segregation challenge and testimony of torture expert

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) will be in court on Thursday to ensure that its Charter challenge against Canada's solitary confinement regime moves forward.

June 28, 2017

Students Should Be Free From Religious Coercion

Some students will have the right to opt of out of religious prayers and programming, based on their right to be free from discrimination on the ground of creed.

June 13, 2017

CCLA Know Your Rights Guide to Protesting

If you're planning to demonstrate, says the CCLA, be safe, be careful, and know your rights. They have prepared a one-page pdf that outlines your rights and responsibilities at protests in Canada.

January 30, 2017

Senior Police Officer Gets Light Sentence for G20 Misconduct

The CCLA argued in Supt. Fenton's case that police cannot indiscriminately arrest people attending or observing a peaceful protest without violating the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

June 15, 2016

Federal Court Case Challenges Government's Respect for Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling on federal election candidates to recognize their duty to uphold the Charter and promise to ensure accountability in law-making.

September 30, 2015

CCLA and Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies Launch Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement in Prisons

"The link between torture, cruel treatment and solitary confinement is too important for Canadians to remain silent," said Sukanya Pillay, General Counsel and Executive Director of CCLA.

January 27, 2015

CCLA and PBLO Partnering to Aid Defendants in SLAPP Suits

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) are launching a project to help people who are in need of legal services for SLAPP lawsuits.

December 04, 2014

October 1: Ending the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Imprisonment in Ottawa and Beyond

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Fateux Hall, Room 135

Admission: Free, and no registration required

September 26, 2014

September 20: CCLA RightsWatch Conference - New Challenges and Strategies in the Civil Liberties Landscape

What: CCLA RightsWatch 2014 - FORGING THE PATH AHEAD: New Challenges and Strategies in the Civil Liberties Landscape

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2602, Toronto

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association's RightsWatch Conference is an annual event that brings together leading academics and practitioners to discuss important civil liberties issues of the day.

September 12, 2014

September 19: Gendering Civil Liberties Symposium

When: Friday, September 19, 2014

Where: Osgoode Professional Development Centre, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 2602 Toronto, ON

Who: Co-Sponsors: Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Details: $50 Registration fee; $25 Registration for students and CCLA members; Eligible for up to 5 substantive LSUC CLE hours

To register: Click here

The symposium includes scholars and activists who will present short pieces which explore the relationship between gender and civil liberties in particular legal contexts.

September 05, 2014

August 10: Mental Health in the Canadian Justice System

When: Sunday, August 10, 2014, 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto

This is billed as "A discussion in recognition of International Prisoner Justice Day," and includes speakers Sukanya Pillay, CCLA, Ryan Fritsch, LAO, and Kerri Joffe, ARCH Disability Law Centre.

July 18, 2014

June 3 & 4: The Shoe Project performance and fundraiser

When: June 3 & 4, 6:30 p.m., reception, 7:30 p.m., performance

Where: Arts & Letter Club, 14 Elm St., just north of Yonge & Dundas

Cost: $30

RSVP: Please give the performance date and number of guests to

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association invites you to The Shoe Project's performance of "Standing Room Only III: An Evening of Shoe Stories From Around the Globe."

May 29, 2014

CCLA Urges Ontario Attorney General to Pass Protection of Public Participation Bill

Passing the bill would enact anti-SLAPP (strategic law suits against public participation) legislation, and help to protect freedom of expression in Ontario.

December 02, 2013

Quebec religious symbols ban: CCLA responds

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the ban is a very troubling development and may well be unconstitutional.

September 12, 2013

Back to school: CCLET's new and returning resources this year

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association's education arm, the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET), has teaching and learning resources on their website.

August 26, 2013

September 20-21: RightsWatch Conference 2013

Date Friday, September 20, keynote and reception; Saturday, September 21, all-day conference

Place Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas St W, Toronto

Early Bird registration available until August 1. Discussions on the impact of new technologies and modes of communication on legal and societal understandings of privacy, freedom of expression, and the media. 

June 14, 2013

Canadian Civil Liberties Association to discuss discrimination in varsity collegiate sports

Date Monday, June 10, 2013
Time 10 a.m. ET
Place Room 130-S Centre Block, House of Commons
Contact Massimo Bergamini, InterChange Public Affairs, (613) 290 5317 or

The CCLA's Nathalie Des Rosiers is holding a press conference on June 10 to outline the CCLA's concerns in relation to discrimination against international students in varsity collegiate sports.

June 07, 2013