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.

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

How You Can Celebrate

Participate in an Event

Check our online calendar of Freedom to Read Week events to find out what’s happening in your community, or submit your own event for our listings.

Order a Freedom to Read Kit

Show you support by ordering a Freedom to Read Kit, featuring articles on current censorship activities in Canada, clip art, annual poster, and suggested ways to get involved.

Spread the Word

Show your support for Freedom to Read. Post a banner on your website and link to us!

Get Involved: Ideas for Educators

Whether you are a librarian, bookseller, educator, student, or member of the community, there are lots of ways you can help mark this annual event.

Become a Sponsor

Freedom to Read Week is sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and receives support from readers, writers, publishers, librarians, educators, booksellers and other organizations. See the complete list of sponsors.

To find out how you can become a sponsor, contact the Book and Periodical Council.

In 2016, for Freedom to Read Week, we reached out to some Canadian Booktubers and content creators to share what Freedom to Read means to them.

This inspiring Freedom to Read Week video was made by Julia and Danika from the Calgary Science School, who won the Calgary Public Library Teen Freedom to Read Week Video contest.