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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

Why the EFC encourages Christians to vote

Engaging with government officials, businesses and community leaders is part of our...

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Conversion therapy ban - Three questions on Bill C-6

Bill C-6 passed its second vote in the House of Commons and was then studied by a...

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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

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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Letter to MP Kelly Block in Support of Bill C-268

Bill C-268 clarifies that health care professionals must not be coerced into...

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Court cases

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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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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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

Submission to the CPSO Consultation on MAID policy

Our May 14 submission shares our perspective and concerns about conscience protection and care for the vulnerable. It recommends changes to the policy.

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Bill C-268: Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act

This 2021 bill aims to prevent medical professionals from being forced to participate in Medical Assistance in Dying.

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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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