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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

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

Making Sense of the TWU Court Decision Part Three

EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger summarizes the implications of the decision in the...

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Making Sense of the TWU Court Decision Part Two

EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger summarizes the dissenting part of the split decision...

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Official statements

On TWU making its covenant optional for students

The EFC responds to the news that Trinity Western University has decided to make its...

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Interfaith Update Regarding Canada Summer Jobs Program

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders gave a joint update March 28 about the...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to the Minister of Employment Calling for Substantive Change to the CSJ Attestation

Asking for “a real, substantive change to the attestation” required for the...

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Letter to all MPs on Canada Summer Jobs attestation

The EFC wrote to all MPs asking for changes to the problematic attestation procedure...

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Court cases

Trinity Western University School of Law [2013-2018]

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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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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Video gallery

EFC Responds to Supreme Court's TWU decision

Bruce Clemenger, President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, responds to the...

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Bruce Clemenger Update on SCC Case - Wall v. Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

EFC President Bruce Clemenger comments on a Supreme Court decision about whether courts...

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Government

Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program (2017-2019)

Now is the time to contact MPs about how this federal program needs to be changed for next year to make it fair and accessible for all religious groups.

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Submission to the UN's Universal Periodic Review (Human Rights in Canada, 2017)

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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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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