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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

Responding to religious violence

Today is the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based...

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Three questions on the Ontario medical referrals decision

Lawyer Derek Ross explains the Ontario appeal court decision about doctors wanting to...

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Official statements

The EFC considers Quebec’s Bill 21 a violation of religious freedom

Bill 21 was passed June 16, 2019. It prohibits government employees in a position of...

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The EFC responds to revised attestation for Canada Summer Jobs program

We are pleased and encouraged that the values test has been dropped from the Canada...

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Outgoing letters

Election Congratulations to the Prime Minister

EFC President Bruce Clemenger sent a letter of congratulation after the federal...

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Asking Elections Canada to change the election date

Together with Jewish leaders, the EFC asks to reschedule the next fixed election date...

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Court cases

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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CMDS et al v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario [2017-2019]

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

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

Submission on Online Hate to the Committee on Justice and Human Rights

How can the Canadian government reduce the promotion of hatred online? The EFC made a submission May 10 to a House of Commons committee.

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Quebec Bill-21 (2019)

The EFC objects to Quebec’s Bill 21, which prohibits government employees such as teachers from wearing religious symbols at work.

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Documents

Christians and Civil Disobedience

Six-page background paper, revised in August 2001, examines the issue of civil disobedience from a Christian perspective.

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Hands Up! Identifying Parents’ Rights in the Education System

An EFC Discussion Paper on Understanding the Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Children, Education Institutions and Government

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