The Issue

Censorship restricts what the public can see, read, hear and know. It happens when some people succeed in imposing their political or moral values on others by suppressing words, images, or ideas to which they object

Why It Matters

Freedom of expression rights are fragile and endangered by efforts of governments, special interest groups or individuals to impose their viewpoints by blocking access to that which they do not approve.

Our Work

The Centre for Free Expression upholds the freedom of the public to read, to hear, to see, to know and to think for themselves.  We monitor censorship in Canada, and, through public education and advocacy, we promote free expression.


Past Event

The Future of Democracy in an Era of Social Fragmentation

Tara Henley In conversation with Samir Gandesha

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Freedom to Read Week in Canada

February 19, 2022 - Freedom to Read Week — Canada’s annual celebration of the freedom to read — begins on February 20 and ends on February 26.

Blog Post

Freedom of Expression and the Charter: 1982-2022 (Part 1 of 5)

Late in 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered two of its most consequential Charter decisions on freedom of expression in recent years: City of Toronto v. Ontario and Ward v. Quebec. That endpoint in 2021 is the starting point of a 5-part series on s.2(b) of the Charter and its passage from 1982 to the present. The series begins with City of Toronto and Ward, two decisions dividing the Court 5-4 and pointing in opposite directions that raise perplexing questions about expressive freedom – and the Court itself. Of particular concern is the bloc mentality of these decisions and how it undermined principled decision making on important s.2(b) issues.

By Jamie Cameron

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Emmett Macfarlane's "Dilemmas of Free Expression"

December 17, 2021 - Dilemmas of Free Expression, a new collection of essays edited by Emmett Macfarlane, is now on sale.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Guest Authors Henein and Murad Unsuitable for Student Book Club, Toronto School Official Says

November 25, 2021 - In late October 2021, a superintendent of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) told the organizer of a book club for female students that the students wouldn’t be allowed to take part in two events with the authors of two books.