Academic Freedom

The Issue

Academic freedom at Canada’s post-secondary institutions is being seriously undermined. A significant proportion of university and college academic staff are being hired into contingent positions lacking the job security that makes protection of academic freedom feasible. In response to chronic underfunding, universities have agreed to fundraising deals and collaborative projects that compromise academic integrity and academic freedom. Universities are actively implementing codes of conduct and respectful workplace policies that attempt to regulate speech permissible under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Why It Matters

The public mission of the university is to advance and disseminate knowledge, educate students, and encourage critical thinking and free expression. These ends cannot be achieved without academic freedom.

Our Work

The Centre engages in public education about the nature and importance of academic freedom. It highlights current threats and works to ensure that academic freedom rights are extended to all academic staff.


Past Event

CFE Virtual Forum Series: Who is ‘Free’ to Speak of “Genocide”? Perspectives on Reclaiming Power and Place

Panelists: Cyndy Baskin, Len Findlay, Lynn Lavallée

Moderator: Karyn Pugliese

Past Event

White License, Free Expression & Death Threats: The Challenges of Confronting Racism

Speaker: Johnny Eric Williams

Moderator: James L. Turk

Past Event

Is There a "Rape Culture" in Canada? A Critical Conversation

Panelists: Brenda Crossman, Ummni Khan, Lara Karaian

Moderator: Penni Stewart