Links and Resources

Resources on censorship and free expression for students and educators



In the 35 years since the very first Freedom to Read Week, Canadians have seen many events that affect their freedom of expression and their freedom to read. Here are the highlights.

Freedom to Read Kits

Download our annual Freedom to Read publication.


Selected articles and on censorship issues in Canada and internationally, including interviews with Patsy Aldana, John Ralston Saul, and other champions of free expression, from the annual Freedom to Read review. [continue…]

Bannings and Burnings in History

Some of the most controversial books in history are now regarded as classics. The Bible and works by Shakespeare are among those that have been banned over the past two thousand years. Here is a selective timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship activities. [continue…]

Challenged Works

This selective list, prepared by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, provides information on more than 100 books, magazines and other written works that have been challenged in the past decades. [continue…]


Games and Puzzles

Downloadable Freedom to Read word searches and online quizzes to test your knowledge of current censorship issues. [continue…]

Works in English on Free Expression and Censorship in Canada

This resource list includes book, articles, pamphlets, periodicals, and other sources of information about censorship and freedom of expression. [continue…]

Documents en français sur la libre expression et la censure au Canada

Cette liste de ressources comprend livres, articles, brochures, périodiques et autres sources d’information sur la censure et la liberté d’expression. [continue…]


Ce document constitue une compilation non-exhaustive de 643 auteur‐es et de 1222 œuvres diffusées 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. [continue…]

Censorship by the Canada Border Services Agency, 1985-2015 / Censure aux douanes canadiennes, 1985-2015

A bilingual study of the works that were either kept from entering the country or referred to the Prohibited Importations Unit in Ottawa on suspicion of obscenity or hate literature. / 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.

When the Censor Comes

This booklet, designed primarily for teachers, librarians and booksellers, offers basic information about dealing with would-be censors. [continue…]

Links to Related Resources

A list of websites on intellectual freedom. Many of the listed sites link to others that provide additional intriguing and useful information and viewpoints. [continue…]