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.



Dr. John O’Connor wins the 2021 Peter Bryce Prize

Alberta physician John O’Connor was awarded 2021 Peter Bryce Prize that honours individuals who serve the

March 3, 2021


Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation

March 2, 2021 - A joint project from Government Accountability Project and the International Bar Association Legal Policy & Research Unit


Amélie Perron joins the Centre for Free Expression Whistleblowing Initiatives Steering Committee

University of Ottawa professor of nursing and whistleblowing researcher, Amélie Perron is joining the Centre for Free Expression Whistleblo

March 1, 2021

Past Event

2021 Peter Bryce Prize for Whistleblowing

Announcement & Presentation of Inaugural Award