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  • New! The EFC Disappointed in Ontario Court of Appeal Decision Regarding Trinity Western University -  June 29, 2016.
  • New! The Ontario Court of Appeal decision was released June 29, 2016.
  • New! The appeal in the British Columbia case is moving ahead. The EFC filed its legal factum April 19, 2016, once again together with Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC). The hearing is scheduled for June 1-3, 2016.
  • New! The appeal in the Nova Scotia case was heard in early April 2016, and we are now awaiting a ruling. The EFC intervened in court in support of Trinity Western University and its fight to ensure accreditation for its proposed law school. Please pray for the five judges who heard last the appeal case, for TWU and for healthy religious freedom in Canada.

Issue Summary

Trinity Western University is a Christian university in British Columbia and an affiliate of the EFC. After TWU obtained all the formal approvals needed to start its own law school and grant degrees, provincial law societies in British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia voted to create obstacles for such graduates wanting to practise law in those provinces, either by refusing to admit TWU law school graduates or not to consider TWU an accredited school. (Alberta and New Brunswick have okayed future TWU law graduates.)

Objections centre on the school’s Community Covenant, which has students and faculty pledge to abstain from certain activities and behaviours during their studies including the viewing of pornography, the possession or use of alcohol on campus, and “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.”

The EFC believes law societies that have voted not to accept TWU law graduates have overstepped their mandates and that such decisions violate the religious freedom of TWU and its graduates.

TWU has launched legal challenges in three provinces against such provincial law societies. Initial rulings in Nova Scotia, Ontario and B.C. have already come down and are being appealed. The EFC has submitted joint interventions with Christian Higher Education Canada in each of these cases.

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Latest News from the British Columbia Case

Latest News from the Nova Scotia Case

Latest News from the Ontario Case

  • New! The Ontario Court of Appeal decision was released June 29, 2016.
  • EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger responded with an online reflection July 7, 2015
  • Background: On July 2, 2015 the Ontario Superior Court ruled against Trinity Western University in its dispute with the Law Society of Upper Canada. Although the three-judge panel concluded that “the decision of the [LSUC] does have the effect of interfering with [TWU’s] rights to religious freedom,”the court expressed its view that the infringement was “not unreasonable.”
  • TWU released an initial response to the July 2 court decision, and also said it will appeal.
  • Read the joint submission of legal arguments by the EFC and CHEC: EFC-CHEC Legal Factum for Ontario
  • See past media releases from the EFC and from TWU

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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)

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