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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

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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The EFC and CCRL welcome Supreme Court decision in Wall case

OTTAWA – Today, the Supreme Court affirmed in Wall v. Judicial Committee of the...

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Articles

Three questions on the forced medical referrals case

This case challenges the unusual Ontario policy that prevents medical professionals...

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Accommodating religious difference

We begin by admitting there is no neutral ground, writes EFC President Bruce J...

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Official statements

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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On TWU making its covenant optional for students

The EFC responds to the news that Trinity Western University has decided to make its...

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Outgoing letters

Calling Parliament to address online hate: Letter to the Minister of Justice

The EFC supports a call to study and combat online hate. The EFC’s letter noted an...

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Don't force facilities to host assisted death: Letter to Alberta minister of health

The EFC writes the Alberta government asking them not to force faith-based medical...

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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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Video gallery

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

Canada Summer Jobs Grant Program (2017-2019)

This federal program just announced changes to make it more fair and accessible for religious groups.

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Bill C-418 (2018-2019): Conscience Protection in Health Care

This bill will make it a crime to compel a health care worker to participate in medical assistance in dying or to deny work to a conscientious objector.

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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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Politics and Election Time: How Can Your Church Participate?

Guidelines from the EFC Centre for Faith and Public Life (from 2010)

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