Canadian photography laws – VERY brief summary leaflet

If you are a Canadian photographer, photographing in public, then you have every right to continue doing so. There may be special restrictions on photographing military bases, but aside from special cases like that, it is your RIGHT to photograph in public.

Feel free to print out this mini info page and give it to anyone that may hassle you while you are enjoying your right to photography. Thx to casil403 for putting this together.

Thanks for your interest in my photography. I want to inform you that I am doing nothing wrong:

I am guaranteed that right to take pictures in public in Canada because it is clearly outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Section 2.b) states that as both a Canadian citizen and as a photographer I am allowed:

“Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;”

This statement absolutely guarantees my right to express myself through photography, and the freedom to publish my photos. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees my right to take photographs in public.

I can take photos of anything and under regular circumstances, as long as no laws are broken while photographing, it is not against the law. | A Celebration Focusing on the Rights of Photographers

Hat tip to casil403 for writing this up.

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5 Responses to Canadian photography laws – VERY brief summary leaflet

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  2. cj says:

    I understand the right to ‘photograph’ anything and anyone without being hassled. My question is, do i have the right to publish and/or display for the purpose of a sale or simply as a display of my work, images of those persons whether or not it is for compensation. Must I always have written permission/model release from the people in the photos in order for me to put that image up for sale or on display?
    This is in relation to Canadian law.
    please direct me to any further info regarding this issue if possible.

  3. admin says:

    These things are grey as far as I know. Display is HUGELY different from publish and is also different from SELLING. As far as i know If you display, you need no model release but if you sell the image, you 100% need a model release if you can identify the subject and the subject is not a celebrity. “Publishing” is different than selling and it would likely depend on the publisher who will indeed probably require that model release.

  4. Pete Bunn says:

    I would like to photograph johns stopping to talk to prostitutes in my neighbourhood, and post them on the net, and I’d like to know if this is legal.

    • admin says:

      Hi Pete,

      What country are we talking about?

      To be really sure, I’d call a lawyer for this. In terms of your right to photograph it, I do believe you have that right in both the USA and Canada.

      But when you put it on the Net…then you might sully someone’s reputation and they might well be able to sue you.

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