Frequently Asked Questions

What are Human Rights?

Why are some protected and others not?

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Who Can Help?

Who Else Can Help?


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Human Rights, Duties & Remedies

Everyone in British Columbia has rights and duties under the Human Rights Code.

The Code's purposes are to make sure that people can participate equally in the economic, social, political and cultural life of British Columbia. The Code does this by forbidding discrimination based on certain personal characteristics in areas of daily life.

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Complaint Process

The process starts with someone making a complaint. The Tribunal decides if the complaint was filed within the time limit and sets out possible discrimination. If so, the Tribunal notifies the respondent. There are options available to the parties. They can agree to settle the complaint. The respondent can respond to the complaint and can apply to have the complaint dismissed. If the complaint is not resolved or dismissed, the Tribunal holds a hearing to decide if there was discrimination.

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November 1, 2018
The BC Government today introduced the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018. The legislation will establish a Human Rights Commissioner. On Royal Assent, the legislation will also change the time limit for filing a complaint from six months to one year. See the Government’s News Release.

October 17, 2018
On October 23, 2018, the Tribunal is scheduled for a computer hardware refresh. We may experience minor interruptions to our telephone and email service during this time. We thank you for your patience.

August 9, 2018
The Tribunal is pleased to announce that Barbara Korenkiewicz, currently a Tribunal Member, will be joining the Tribunal’s legal department as Legal Counsel, effective September 4, 2018. We wish Ms. Korenkiewicz much continued success as she transitions into her new role with our legal team.

August 1, 2018
The BCHRT’s Annual Report 2017-2018 has been filed with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and is now available to the public.

May 30, 2018
The Tribunal has amended its Rules of Practice and Procedure to add rule 36 – Reconsideration of Decisions. The new rule 36 sets out the requirements for an application to reconsider a decision, including a new 14 day time limit.

May 28, 2018
The Tribunal Chair has issued a new practice direction regarding legal authorities.

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