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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

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 "P.T. v Alberta" schools case

We asked lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos to explain the EFC's intervention in a new...

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Thinking ahead about state neutrality and religion in Canada

Text from a presentation by David Guretzki, EFC Executive VP & Resident Theologian,...

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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

Letter to the Minister of Employment Calling for Substantive Change to the CSJ Attestation

Asking for “a real, substantive change to the attestation” required for the...

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Letter to all MPs on Canada Summer Jobs attestation

The EFC wrote to all MPs asking for changes to the problematic attestation procedure...

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Court cases

P.T. et al v. Alberta [2018]

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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Trinity Western University School of Law [2013-2018]

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-75 (2018): On human trafficking, obstructing clergy, child protection, abortion

This bill, if not amended, will send the message that crimes related to human trafficking, assaulting clergy and infanticide are less serious.

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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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