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Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: February 21–27, 2021

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.

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Woman reading Harry Potter

Challenged Works List

This selective list provides information on more than 100 books, magazines and other written works that have been challenged in Canada in the past decades.
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Everybody favors free speech in the slack moments when no axes are being ground.

— Heywood Broun (1888-1939), U.S. journalist, in The New York World (1926)

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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. 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.


Champions of Free Expression

  • Desmond Cole in conversation with Michelle Arbuckle and Sandy Crawley on freedom of expression

Bienvenue aux francophones!

Sur le présent site, vous trouverez les documents suivants :

■ une liste d’ouvrages en français traitant de la censure canadienne;

■ une étude bilingue des documents qui n’ont pu être importés au pays ou qui ont été référés à l’Unité des importations prohibées à Ottawa parce qu’ils étaient soupçonnés de constituer de la pornographie ou de la littérature haineuse entre 1985 et 2015;

■ une chronologie, divers essais et une compilation de 727 victimes de censure, ainsi que des 1442 titres diffusés en français qui leur ont valu des attaques depuis 1625 au Canada ― l’écrivain Charles Montpetit, lui-même frappé de maintes interdictions, relate les faits saillants entourant chacun de ces cas, et invite le public à lui signaler d’autres incidents en prévision d’éventuelles mises à jour.

Bonne lecture!