The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was founded in Calgary, Alberta in 2010. The work of the Justice Centre is the ongoing defense of Canadians’ constitutional rights and freedoms through litigation and education. We envision a free society where governments uphold human dignity by respecting fundamental rights and freedoms, and where Canadians can realize their potential and fulfil their aspirations. We believe that every Canadian should be treated equally by government and by the courts, regardless of race, ancestry, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, political conviction or personal characteristics and that all Canadians should be free to express peacefully their thoughts, opinions and beliefs without fear of censorship, persecution or oppression as per Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Justice Centre has over twelve years of experience in bringing legal and constitutional challenges to government action that violates Canadians’ constitutional rights. These challenges typically cost $50,000 to $100,000 or more, over the course of several years. As a public interest, non-partisan, registered charity, the Justice Centre therefore fulfils a crucial role in defending our nation’s citizens and their Charter rights and freedoms from government infringements by providing experienced legal representation free of charge.
The Justice Centre is also developing a high school curriculum on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This curriculum will educate high school students, parents and teachers about the value of human dignity, about the importance of fundamental rights and freedoms and about Canadian political institutions. It will explore the philosophical, legal and historical context of the creation and interpretation of the Charter and will investigate the relation of the Charter to the Canadian political system and its institutions. This curriculum will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in Canada and will equip the next generation of voters and public servants to regard the Charter for what it is – a significant and ongoing moment in the history of Canada’s quest for democracy and freedom.
We rely solely on the generosity of Canadians to maintain this important work for freedom and justice and receive no government funding. We provide legal advice and legal representation without charge to people who would otherwise be powerless to challenge the government’s infringements upon the ability to practice their faith freely and express their beliefs.