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.


BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Digital Transnational Repression in Canada

May 18, 2022 - Authoritarian governments outside Canada use digital devices and the internet to repress foreign-born political activists and dissidents in Canada.

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BPC Bulletin: Quebec's Human Rights Commission to Drop "Discriminatory Speech" Cases

May 9, 2022 - In Quebec, the provincial human rights commission is investigating approximately 100 cases that allege the use of “discriminatory speech” this year.

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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.

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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.

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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.