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.


Blog Post

Political boycotts are protected expression in Canada

Dr. David Kattenburg is a wine lover and activist.

By Abbas Kassam

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Cancel Culture: Canadian Edition

January17, 2020 - In recent months, some Canadians have tried to deny public platforms to prominent people such as George Elliott Clarke, Meghan Murphy, Don Cherry and Jordan Peterson. As a result, some Canadian writers have tried to explain cancel culture to their readers.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Two Poems Removed from Website of Parliamentary Poet Laureate

January 16, 2020 - In Ottawa, the Library of Parliament recently removed two poems from the website of the parliamentary poet laureate.

Past Event

Can social media hate, lies, and harassment be regulated? How?

Panelists: Carissima Mathen, Ravi Vatrapu

Moderator: James L. Turk

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Quebec's Court of Appeal Rules on Gabriel v. Ward (2)

December 15, 2019 - In Quebec, the Court of Appeal has ruled on a dispute that pits a comedian’s freedom of expression against a singer’s freedom from discrimination.