Whistleblower Protection

The Issue

Public or private sector employees who report illegal, unethical or abusive institutional behaviour typically face retaliation, which can include discipline, ostracism, social stigmatization, demotion, dismissal, and criminal charges. Laws in Canada to protect whistleblowers are largely ineffective and sometimes counterproductive -- the legal forum created by the laws can be a vehicle for formally endorsing the retaliation.

Why It Matters

Whistleblowing serves vital institutional and public purposes. It allows issues of concern to be identified and resolved internally, where possible, and, where not, it brings alleged wrongdoing to public attention so problems can be corrected and future harm avoided.

Our Work

The Centre’s focus is protecting Canadian society by making public-interest whistleblowing possible through effective protection for Canadian whistleblowers in both the public and private sectors. The CFE Whistleblowing Initiatives (CFEWI) will help make it possible for Canadians to live and work with integrity and to combat misconduct that may threaten the well-being of our communities and our democracy. Our work is guided by the CFEWI Steering Committee. If you wish to contact us securely, click here.



Ian Bron named a CFE Senior Fellow

The Centre for Free Expression has named whistleblowing expert Ian Bron as its newest senior fellow. 

“A long-time advocate for more robust whistleblower protection and a former Canadian whistleblower, Mr. Bron brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the work of the CFE,” said James L. Turk, the Centre’s Director.

June 20, 2022


Corporate Rules: The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada

Panelists: Bruce Campbell, Jason MacLean, Theresa McClenaghan, Jennifer Quaid

Moderator: James L. Turk


2022 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing

Announcement & Presentation

2022 Winner: Janet Merlo


Janet Merlo wins 2022 Peter Bryce Prize

Toronto - At a virtual ceremony today, Janet Merlo was awarded the 2022 Peter Bryce Prize by the Ce

April 20, 2022

Past Event

Bob Stenhouse: A cop’s cop - until he blew the whistle on the RCMP

#2 in CFE Series: Why Whistleblowers Matter

Bob Stenhouse In conversation with James L. Turk