Protect the Web — Reform Canada’s censorship plan!

Canada is building a dangerously overreaching censorship plan — and RIGHT NOW is our best chance to reform it!

New Heritage Minister Rodriguez is busy revising last year’s heavily-criticized harmful online content proposal. What happens next will decide whether our Internet becomes one of the most censored and surveilled in the democratic world.

Let’s make Canada a leader in Internet rights and freedoms, NOT censorship and surveillance! Tell Minister Rodriguez: thoroughly overhaul the harmful content proposal to reflect Canadians’ feedback!

Department of
Canadian Heritage
Government of Canada

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Our government is promising to pass sweeping legislation on ‘harmful content’ on the Internet soon — but if they pass their current proposal, it will be an absolute disaster for our freedom of expression and human rights.1

Under their current proposal, vast numbers of our lawful online posts could be scrubbed from the Internet, including those encouraging participation in protests, raising the alarm about graphic human rights abuses, humour and satire, consensual sexual expression, and more. 

Why? Because our government’s current proposed system harshly penalizes any online platform that fails to proactively detect and remove actually illegal content within 24 hours – and all our legitimate posts will be so much collateral damage. What’s even worse, the government has proposed reporting all these posts directly to CSIS and the RCMP - creating an unprecedented surveillance database of lawful user speech in Canada.

You can have fast content moderation, or you can have fair content moderation, but you can’t have both. And the aggressive removal algorithms and cursory human moderation the government is forcing on us in this proposed system will be far from fair.2

But right now, we have a once in a generation opportunity to reform this proposal. Stung by global condemnation of previous Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s harmful content proposal, Prime Minister Trudeau’s new mandate letter for Heritage instructs Minister Rodriguez to develop and introduce legislation that “reflects the feedback” received during recent consultations.3,4

How much will the disastrous proposal we saw last year improve? Only as much as continued pressure from ordinary people in Canada like YOU forces it to! 

If you haven’t already, tell Minister Rodriguez that Canada’s harmful content proposal MUST be thoroughly revised BEFORE he proposes draft legislation.


  1. A First Look at Canada’s Harmful Content proposal - OpenMedia
  2. See 1
  3. Minister of Canadian Heritage Mandate Letter - Office of the Prime Minister
  4. The (Still Secret) Online Harms Consultation: What the Government Heard, Part One - Michael Geist

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