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. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech 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.
Each year for Freedom to Read Week, the Freedom of Expression Committee publishes a review of current censorship issues in Canada, featuring provocative news articles, interviews with champions of free speech, and a Get Involved section with activities designed for classroom instruction and discussion.
» Go to Freedom to Read Kits
This selective list, prepared by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, provides information on more than 100 books, magazines, graphic novels and other written works that have been challenged in the past decades. Each challenge sought to limit public access to the work in schools, libraries, or bookstores. Some challenges were upheld; others were rejected. Some challenges remain unresolved.
» Go to Challenged Works List
Ce document constitue une compilation non-exhaustive 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. Des liens vers plusieurs milliers d’autres titres sont également fournis dans les Sources, en annexe.
» Go to Index
The Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom, in partnership with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, developed an annual survey to investigate challenges to books, magazines and DVDs in Canadian public libraries. The results of the most recent surveys are posted here.
We strive to keep accurate, up-to-date records of challenges to print materials in Canada. When a book is challenged in your school or community, use our case study form to let us know what happens.
» Go to Report a Challenge
Outside Canada, would-be censors attack and ban the works of Canadian authors. Here are two examples.