Champions of Free Expression

  • Alvin Schrader


Challenges to the Written Word

Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

See our Challenged Works section for the real story on censorship in Canada.

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

February 26 – March 4, 2017

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. See what’s coming in this year’s Freedom to Read review. [more…]

Download the Kit

A PDF version of the Freedom to Read Kit 2016 is now available to download!



30 Challenged Publications

Canadians have long tried to remove books and magazines that they deem offensive, or inappropriate for certain audiences, from public libraries and schools. Sometimes they have succeeded and sometimes they have failed. To mark Freedom to Read Week, we present 30 of their targets in recent decades. Download the poster.



Bienvenue aux francophones!

Sur le présent site, vous trouverez une compilation de 427 auteur‑es et de 929 œuvres disponibles en français qui ont fait l’objet de tentatives de censure, réussies ou non, de 1685 à nos jours au Canada — ainsi que des liens vers plusieurs milliers d’autres titres. L’écrivain Charles Montpetit, lui-même frappé de plusieurs interdits, relateles circonstances entourant chacun des cas, et vous invite à lui en signaler d’autres en prévision de futures mises à jour.