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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

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds 'Effective Referral Requirements' for Euthanasia, Abortion

TORONTO – Today, May 15, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld forced referral...

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EFC and CHEC Disappointed With Supreme Court TWU Decision

OTTAWA, ON – In a complex split ruling released June 15, a majority of the...

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Articles

Three questions on the Ontario medical referrals decision

Lawyer Derek Ross explains the Ontario appeal court decision about doctors wanting to...

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New on the EFC Podcast

Latest audio (June 12): “Dancing on a razor: how writing and community helped an...

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Official statements

The EFC considers Quebec’s Bill 21 a violation of religious freedom

Bill 21 prohibits government employees in a position of authority from wearing...

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The EFC responds to revised attestation for Canada Summer Jobs program

We are pleased and encouraged that the values test has been dropped from the Canada...

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Outgoing letters

Calling Parliament to address online hate: Letter to the Minister of Justice

In February 2019 several groups called for a government study on combatting online hate...

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Don't force facilities to host assisted death: Letter to Alberta minister of health

The EFC writes the Alberta government asking them not to force faith-based medical...

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Court cases

Lamb v. Canada [2019]

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 [2017-2019]

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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Government

Submission on Online Hate to the Committee on Justice and Human Rights

How can the Canadian government reduce the promotion of hatred online? The EFC made a submission May 10 to a House of Commons committee.

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Quebec Bill-21 (2019)

The EFC objects to Quebec’s Bill 21, which prohibits government employees such as teachers from wearing religious symbols at work.

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Documents

Christians and Civil Disobedience

Six-page background paper, revised in August 2001, examines the issue of civil disobedience from a Christian perspective.

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Pro-Life Clubs and the Law

A Reference Guide for Students and their Legal Counsel on the Law and Legal Principles Involved with Pro-Life Campus Club Challenges

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