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Religious Freedom in Canada
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The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada monitors the freedoms of religion and conscience in Canada in an effort to ensure compliance with the assurances of our constitution, laws and international covenants. The EFC engages in court interventions and public policy education, of both government and the evangelical community, in an effort to protect and promote our freedom to believe and practise our faith.


Our primary responsibility as Christians is to worship God and obey him. The Bible calls us to gather together with other Christians to pray and to worship God collectively. An integral part of worshipping God is speaking about him to others. We obey God's commands by loving our neighbour, seeking justice and mercy, and respecting life.

The Issue

Canada is a nation in which people of different faiths live side by side. While the majority of Canadians are Christians, 80 percent according to the 2001 Census, Canada is also home to Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and atheists. Canadians have a national desire to be tolerant and not impose religious beliefs or practices on those who don't share their faith. However, this sensitivity is in danger of becoming an intolerance of faith in public life. 

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes the fundamental freedoms of religion and conscience. The Charter and provincial human rights codes prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion (sometimes referred to as creed). Additional protection of religious freedom is provided for in specific areas of federal and provincial legislation and international human rights agreements to which Canada is a signatory.

Issue: Religious Freedom in Canada

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Related Issues:

Religious Freedom Internationally

Current/Recent Court Cases:

TWU v. various provincial law societies

Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec

Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. Whatcott

S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes (Quebec Curriculum)

Legal Case Summaries by Issue


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