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Religious Freedom in Canada - Person celebrating religious freedom in Canada Religious freedom is critical to our quest to know and worship God. Living out our religious beliefs includes gathering together to worship God, teach, do good works, and share our faith. Religious freedom is the ability to hold religious beliefs and live them out, personally and in community, privately and publicly.

Canada is a nation in which people of different faiths live side by side. Canadian law and society recognize the significance of religious belief and practice. Freedom of conscience and religion are the first fundamental freedoms listed in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
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Media releases

Court Clarifies Scope of Religious Freedom in Ktunaxa Case

Government has a duty to consider religious freedom concerns when raised by claimants...

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Coalition Forms in Physicians Conscience Case

On June 13 the EFC verbally presented the legal arguments it filed April 12 in Ontario.

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Articles

What happened when we worked together on Bill C-51

How Canadians rallied to ask that legal protection for religious leaders and worship...

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Watch our September webinar on current social issues

Watch a videorecording of our Sept. 19 conversation on current issues such as medical...

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Official statements

Day of prayer for religious freedom

The EFC and the CCCC are calling Christians to pray for religious freedom on Sunday...

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The EFC Will Intervene in Final TWU Cases

The EFC has received intervener status in the Trinity Western University law school...

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Outgoing letters

Interfaith Letter on Bill C-51 (Legal Protections for Religious Practices)

Faith leaders urge Parliament to protect the integrity and security of public religious...

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Letter to the Minister of Justice on Protections for Religious Communities

The EFC is deeply concerned with the removal of specific protections for religious...

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Court cases

Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia [2016-2017]

Religious freedom is critical to our quest to know and worship God. Living out our religious beliefs includes gathering together to worship God, teach, do good works, and share our faith.

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Wall v. Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses [2017]

Religious freedom is critical to our quest to know and worship God. Living out our religious beliefs includes gathering together to worship God, teach, do good works, and share our faith.

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Video gallery

2017 Annual Video Report

What's the EFC has been doing over the last 12 months to fulfil its mission to unite...

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Webinar: What’s happening with the top issues of the day for Canadian Christians?

(41 min 36 sec) A round-up conversation on some of the issues the EFC is working on...

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Government

Submission to the UN's Universal Periodic Review (Human Rights in Canada)

Recommendations for Canada on sexual exploitation, prostitution, human trafficking, pornography and religious freedom. Submitted jointly on Oct. 5 by the EFC and WEA.

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Bill C-51 (2017): Laws on disrupting worship

The Justice Committee voted Nov. 8 to maintain special legal protection for religious leaders and worship services, reversing an earlier proposal to remove them.

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Documents

Christians and Civil Disobedience

Background paper, revised in August 2001, examines the issue of civil disobedience from a Christian perspective.

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