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: 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.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Maxime Bernier v. Warren Kinsella

November 16, 2021 - In Ontario, a judge has dismissed the defamation lawsuit of Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, against Warren Kinsella, a political columnist and strategist.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Bill C-36 Summer News Roundup

October 26, 2021 - This past summer, Justice Minister David Lametti introduced Bill C-36 in the Canadian House of Commons to better define and combat hate propaganda and hate speech, especially on the Internet.

BPC Bulletins

BPC Bulletin: Banned Books Week in the United States

Septe 24, 2021 - In the United States, Banned Books Week begins on September 26 and ends on October 2. The week-long event is organized by the American Library Association.