B.C. Civil Liberties Association

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is the oldest and most active civil liberties group in Canada. We are a group of citizens who volunteer our energy and talents to fulfill our mandate: to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in British Columbia and across Canada.

The BCCLA is a non-partisan, autonomous and charitable society.

Civil liberties are the rights and freedoms that all citizens enjoy in a democratic society. Citizens in a democracy are sovereign and the state is the instrument we use to govern ourselves. Our rights and freedoms flow from our sovereign status, and from the fact that we are subject to the laws we enact to regulate our own behaviour.

In today's democracy, our civil liberties may be threatened not only by the state, but also by powerful private organizations and employers. The B.C. Civil Liberties Association works to protect citizens from both government and private sector intrusions into our lives.

Some of the key issues we work on are:

  • privacy and access to information
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of association
  • discrimination
  • due process
  • police rights and responsibilities
  • administrative decision-making
  • patients rights
  • prisoners rights
  • children's rights
  • private offences
  • political rights

Address / Contact Info

1340 - 605 Robson Street Vancouver, BCV6B 5J3

Phone Numbers

Phone : (604) 687-2919

Service Details

Languages spoken: English

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This program was last updated on 04 Nov 2016.