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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Freedom to Read Kits

Each year for Freedom to Read Week, the BPC publishes a review of current censorship issues in Canada, featuring news, interviews, and ideas for educators.
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When the Censor Comes

Created for teachers, librarians, booksellers and others who disseminate the printed word, this guide offers advice about dealing with would-be censors.
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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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The fact is we are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.

— E.M. Forster (1879-1970), British author, in "The Tercentenary of the Areopagitica" (1944)

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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. 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.

Champions of Free Expression

  • David Eby in conversation with Mark-Leiren-Young

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 643 victimes de censure, ainsi que des 1222 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!