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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

Evangelicals argue for religious freedom at the Supreme Court

A Supreme Court decision in the Trinity Western University law school cases will likely...

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Court Clarifies Scope of Religious Freedom in Ktunaxa Case

Government has a duty to consider religious freedom concerns when raised by claimants...

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Articles

Summer job grants controversy - Watch our January webinar

Sign up to attend our webinar on Jan. 25 at noon Eastern. Join the discussion with the...

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Three questions on religious freedom in Canada

Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos has worked on several EFC cases related to religious...

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Official statements

Day of prayer for religious freedom

The EFC and the CCCC are calling Christians to pray for religious freedom in connection...

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The EFC Will Intervene in Final TWU Cases

The EFC has received intervener status in the Trinity Western University law school...

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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 Canada Summer Jobs Program -- An urgent call to action!

(2 min 5 sec) Between Dec. 17 and Jan. 3, more than 115 churches, businesses and...

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Concern Over Summer Job Grant Program

(2 min 22 sec) The EFC's David Guretzki summarizes our concerns over a government...

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Government

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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Bill C-51 (2017): Laws on disrupting worship

The House of Commons voted Dec. 11 to keep a law protecting religious officials and worship. Bill C-51 will now be debated in the Senate.

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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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