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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

Ontario court upholds "effective referrals" despite religious freedom infringement

The Jan. 31 court decision in “Christian Medical and Dental Society v. College of...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Faith Leaders Ask Government to Revise Canada Summer Jobs Requirements

An interfaith statement by 80 religious leaders will be released Jan. 25 in the wake of...

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Articles

Three questions on summer grant announcements for 2018

Some of the acceptance/rejection decisions recently announced by Canada Summer Jobs...

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Three understandings of state neutrality

Why not force doctors, schools and charities to operate under current social values? An...

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Official statements

Interfaith Update Regarding Canada Summer Jobs Program

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

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Statement on the anniversary of Quebec mosque shootings

We call on all Canadians to renew our individual and collective efforts to build a...

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Outgoing letters

Letter to the Minister of Employment on Canada Summer Jobs Program

The EFC believes the new Canada Summer Jobs grant guidelines violate fundamental...

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Interfaith Letter on Bill C-51 (Legal Protections for Religious Practices)

Faith leaders urge Parliament to protect the integrity and security of public religious...

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Court cases

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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Wall v. Judicial Committee of the Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses [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

The EFC appears at Trinity Western Supreme Court Canada Case

Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos stood in the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the...

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Update and Call to Action on Canada Summer Jobs

Contact your MP by March 19 to help correct the Canada Summer Jobs grants policy change...

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Government

Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program (2017)

New requirements for employers applying for the Canada Summer Jobs grant are a challenge for many Christian groups.

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

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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