You are here

    • You are here:
    • Home > Civil liberties

Civil liberties

A total of 18 records were found for Civil liberties
Definition: The rights and freedoms that citizens enjoy in a democracy. Also known as 'civil rights', they can be thought of as the rights and freedoms that protect individuals from the government. Common civil liberties include freedom of association, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech, and additionally, the right to due process, to fair trial, to own property and to privacy.
See also keywords:  Charter of Rights, Human rights


Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) is a non-profit research and educational organization created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. CCLET’s function is to introduce Canadians to the exploration of civil liberties and to help in the development of democratic habits. Website includes a section of resources for teachers.

Related keywords: Civil liberties, Classroom materials

Ad IDEM is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of free expression in Canada and abroad. Their aim is to achieve this objective through: public and professional education; advocacy and law reform initiative; and cooperation with related professional organizations.

Related keywords: Civil liberties, Communications and media, Lawyers

The CCLA fights for the civil liberties, human rights, and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada. Founded in 1964, they are an independent, national, nongovernmental organization, working in the courts, before legislative committees, in the classrooms, and in the streets, protecting the rights and freedoms cherished by Canadians and entrenched in our Constitution.

Related keywords: Charter of Rights, Civil liberties

Created by the BC Civil Liberties Association, the overall theme of The Citizenship Handbook is citizenship, and its rights and responsiblities. It is hoped to encourage citizens - both individually and in groups - to become more involved in the democratic life of their communities.
Related keywords: Citizenship and nationality, Civil liberties

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has put together this manual to help you know what you must do, what you do not have to do and what you may wish to do in situations involving the police. The final section lists sources for making a complaint about the police for each province and territory in Canada. (PDF – 12 pages) 

Related keywords: Arrest, Civil liberties, Police

This guide, produced by the Civil Liberties Association of BC, outlines some basic ideas and concepts concerning civil liberties for students. It can however be used by anyone who is interested in civil liberties, including parents, guardians, teachers and school staff. Knowledge is power: if you know what rights are and how they work, you can better understand and protect your rights, and protect and respect the rights of others.
Related keywords: Civil liberties, Classroom materials

Talk Rights is a new online space for the Canadian public to learn about their rights and freedoms. Explore their collection of resources, and contribute your own ideas, stories and priorities to the conversation. Teachers check out their resources for elementary and secondary students.

Related keywords: Charter of Rights, Civil liberties, Classroom materials


The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) works to promote, protect and develop those human rights which serve as the foundation for or underpin democracy, including the rights to freedom of expression, to vote and participate in governance, to access information and to freedom of assembly and association. Their website provides access to reports, publications and papers relating to democracy rights. It also contains analyses of draft laws from various jurisdictions and outlines details of various projects in which the CLD is involved.

Related keywords: Civil liberties, Freedom of information, Human rights, Public policy