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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

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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The EFC and CCRL welcome Supreme Court decision in Wall case

OTTAWA – Today, the Supreme Court affirmed in Wall v. Judicial Committee of the...

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Articles

Quebec legislation on religious symbols: Three points to consider

Three questions on Quebec's Bill 21.

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Three questions on the forced medical referrals case

This case challenges the unusual Ontario policy that prevents medical professionals...

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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

The EFC supports a call to study and combat online hate. The EFC’s letter noted an...

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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

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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Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program (2017-2019)

This federal program just announced changes to make it more fair and accessible for religious groups.

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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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