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Zoned Out: Religious Freedom in the Municipality 

By the EFC Centre for Faith and Public Life

(June 2010) An introductory guide to understanding the religious freedoms of faith groups and the engagement process when facing a zoning challenge.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Freedom of Religion / Charter Protection / Religious Freedom Defined / Rights Alignment / Practical Implications of Religious Freedom

3. Municipal Law / What is it? / Does the Charter apply to municipalities? / Procedural Obligations of Municipalities

4. Intersection of Municipal Law & Religion / Taxation & Miscellaneous By-Laws / By-laws Restricting Use / Zoning

5. Conclusions & Recommendations / Step One: Build Relationships / Step Two: Know the Zoning By-Law / Step Three: Land Availability / Step Four: Challenging the By-Law / Other Ways to Challenge the By-Law / Final Thoughts

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