About CCLA

For over 50 years, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has been Canada’s national civil liberties organisation. Working with dedicated pro-bono lawyers from across the country, CCLA intervenes in courts at all levels, is vocal in the press and broadcast media, and advocates strategically and effectively to protect the rights and freedoms of all persons in Canada. CCLA has been at the forefront of all of the cutting edge civil liberties debates since our founding in 1964. CCLA is a leader in protecting rights, and has earned widespread respect for its principled stand on such issues as national security, censorship, capital punishment, and police and state accountability. CCLA promotes equality and non-discrimination while also pushing for freedoms.


Since the early 1990s the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET), the research and education branch of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, has had an outreach program of public civil liberties education in Ontario and New Brunswick’s schools and universities. Teaching Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties in the Schools, the two arms of this educational program, have engaged many thousands of Ontario’s pre-service teacher candidates and high school students in lively consideration of their rights and freedoms.


CCLA continues to be a leading defender of rights, freedoms and justice in Canada. We are fighting in the courts to protect privacy, to end the unfettered use of solitary confinement in federal prisons, and to strike down Bill C-51. We are engaged in advocacy to put the Charter First in federal lawmaking and to affect debates on rights issues at all levels of government. We are also active in schools to teach young people about their rights and freedoms, and encourage civic engagement. Our supporters make this work possible and together we continually strive to build a freer and fairer Canada.