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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

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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The EFC and CIJA Launch Dialogue

Today, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Centre for Israel and Jewish...

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Articles

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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Three questions on the doctors conscience case

A quick interview about the June 13-15, 2017 legal case against the College of...

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Official statements

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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Religious Discrimination Motion: EFC Response

Motion M-103 condemns Islamophobia and mandates a government study on religious...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services

Bill 89 became law June 1, 2017. This letter expressed concern about how it changes...

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An Open Letter to all Members of Provincial Parliament of Ontario

Conscience rights must be protected in Bill 84, which implements euthanasia and...

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Court cases

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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CMDS et al v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario [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

M103 Update - Religious Discrimination Motion: EFC Response

The EFC is concerned about the wording of motion M-103, currently before the House of...

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Religious freedom for other religions: The Ktunuxa case

(33 min 41 sec) Why should we care about the religious freedom of non-Christian...

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Government

Bill C-51 (2017): Criminal Code Update

Should Canada remove laws against interfering with clergy and disturbing religious worship meetings?

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Ontario Bill-89 (2017): Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act

Understanding the controversial changes that came with Ontario's recent overhaul of its child welfare system.

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Documents

Sample letter on conscience protection in Ontario

Sample letter on conscience protection for health care workers and for institutions in Ontario

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