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.


Past Event

Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age

Panelists: David Hutton, Mariette Pilon, Teresa Scassa

Moderator: Brenda McPhail


Harassment and Discrimination in Canada’s Live Entertainment Industry

By Leslie Berger, Louis-Etienne Dubois, Jonathan Farrar, Catherine Loughlin, Alexandra Orlova, James L. Turk

Centre for Free Expression, October 26, 2020


Legal Protections for Whistleblowers: What is needed in Canada?

Canada, unlike other countries, has little effective legal protection for those who speak out to stop wrongdoing that harms the public.


New study finds reduced harassment and discrimination in Canada’s live entertainment industry

A survey of those working in Canada’s live entertainment industry reported a significant reduction in incidents of harassment and discrimination following introduction of Canadian Actors Equity’s 

October 27, 2020

Past Event

CFE Virtual Forum Series: Legal Protections for Whistleblowers: What is needed in Canada?

Panelists: Ian Bron, Tom Devine, Anna Myers

Moderator: David Hutton