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: Proposed Shortening of Poetry Book Provokes Mi'kmaw Poet

June, 1 2021 - In Nova Scotia, the Department of Education and Rebecca Thomas, a Mi’kmaw poet, have clashed over the proposed publication of a school edition of her poems.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletins: Book about Transgender Youth Challenged in Ottawa and Halifax Libraries

May 9, 2021 - In Canada, parents and activists are pushing public libraries in Ottawa and Halifax to remove a book about transgender youth.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Canada's High Court Rejects Appeal in Horror Novel Dispute

April 25, 2021 - The Supreme Court of Canada declined on April 22 to hear an appeal in the case of Yvan Godbout, a fiction author in Quebec.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Former Chief Justice Proposes Regulation of Social Media in Canada

April 8, 2021 - Beverly McLachlin, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, has called for the creation of an independent regulatory agency that could order the removal of hate propaganda and harmful misinformation from social media.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: The ALA's New List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books in U.S. Libraries

April 6, 2021 - In the United States, the American Library Association has released its list of the most frequently challenged books in public libraries in 2020.