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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

Conversion therapy ban reintroduced

Find out more about a new bill on conversion therapy, its problematic provisions and...

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Peaceful assembly, large gatherings and the local church

This spring’s restrictions on indoor group gatherings have prompted concerns...

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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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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

Concern over Bill C-6 on conversion therapy

EFC letter Oct. 2020: "Such a broad definition could infringe on religious...

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Election Congratulations to the Prime Minister

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

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Court cases

Aga v. Ethiopian Orthodox [2020]

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

Bill C-6 to Ban Conversion Therapy

The government bill to ban conversion therapy proposes an overly broad definition that needs to be amended. Use our sample letter to contact your MP.

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Submission on Proposed Calgary Bylaw Banning Conversion Therapy

Submission of the EFC to a Calgary committee on proposed bylaw banning conversion therapy

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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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Church Guidance: Conversion Therapy

Summarizes concerns with bans on conversion therapy and advises on communicating with elected officials on this sensitive issue.

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