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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

On May 15 the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld forced referral policies on medical...

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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

What’s ahead in Parliament in 2022

The Prime Minister released the ministerial mandate letters in December. They indicate...

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Federal conversion therapy bill passes

A bill to ban conversion therapy has passed unexpectedly in the House of Commons...

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Official statements

Statement on targeting places of worship

As the EFC grieves the tragedy evidenced by the unmarked graves of Indigenous...

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Condolences and call to prayer after reported anti-Muslim murder in London, Ont.

The EFC expresses our condolences to Muslims across Canada after the deplorable act of...

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Podcasts

Journey Canada and their concerns with Bill C-6 on conversion therapy

​We asked Journey Canada why they are concerned with conversion therapy bans like Bill...

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Is it good to follow your conscience?

David Guretzki considers the role of conscience in the life of the Christian, and what...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to Ministers on Charitable Status for Pro-Life Organizations

Clarification about the Liberal Party platform to “No longer provide charity...

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Joint Letter to Ontario Premier on Pandemic Restrictions

EFC President Bruce Clemenger was one of the signatories of a May 2021 letter to...

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Court cases

Klassen-WRPS v. Star of the Sea Parish [2021]

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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Aga v. Ethiopian Orthodox [2020-2021]

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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Videos

Journey Canada and their concerns with Bill C-6 on conversion therapy

We asked Journey Canada why they are concerned with conversion therapy bans like Bill C-6.

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Update on Bill C-8: Conversion Therapy

On March 9, the federal government introduced amendments to the Criminal Code to ban...

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Government

Charitable status for pro-life organizations

The government has stated it aims to: “make anti-abortion organizations that provide dishonest counselling ineligible for charitable status.”

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Bill C-4 to Ban Conversion Therapy

Bill C-4, the new bill to ban conversion therapy, will be law as of Jan. 7, 2022. The EFC is preparing an analysis of the bill’s impact.

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Documents

Church Guidance: Conversion Therapy Bans

Summarizes concerns with bans on conversion therapy and advises on communicating with elected officials on this sensitive issue.

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Zoned Out: Religious Freedom in the Municipality

An introductory guide to understanding the religious freedoms of faith groups and the engagement process when facing a zoning challenge. (June 2010)

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