News

April 6, 2017
The Tribunal has made changes to its website to improve user accessibility. You will need to update your favourites.

January 30, 2017
To assist parties preparing for judicial review, the Tribunal has posted information about the standard of review including links to court decisions.

November 9, 2016
The Tribunal has posted information about compensation for injury to dignity, feelings, and self-respect, including case summaries.

October 20, 2016
The Tribunal received confirmation that our Annual Report for fiscal year 2015-2016 was filed with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and is now available to the public.

September 9, 2016
Special programs and employment equity initiatives are unique ways to advance equality. The Tribunal has updated its information and policies respecting these proactive initiatives, and has developed new forms for organizations seeking approval of a special program.

August 2, 2016
On July 28, 2016, the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016 came into effect. The amendment:

  • adds the grounds "gender identity or expression" to all areas of the Code (except wage discrimination based on sex)
  • adds the grounds "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression" to the non-profit exemption
  • adds the grounds "sexual orientation" and "gender identify or expression" to the employment equity provision

The Tribunal will update its forms to reflect these changes.

July 25, 2016
Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton issued a statement proposing amendments to B.C.’s Human Rights Code to include gender identity or expression among the protected grounds covered by the Code.

July 21, 2016
We are pleased to announce the appointments of new members, Barbara Korenkiewicz and Emily Ohler, effective June 9, 2016.

June 14, 2016
Diana Juricevic has been appointed as tribunal chair, effective August 1, 2016. The government issued a press release.

April 8, 2016
The Tribunal will begin surveying our participants this month. The purpose is to evaluate and improve the Tribunal's services to the public. The survey is short and confidential. Participation is voluntary, but we strongly encourage you to participate. It is only with your feedback that we can improve the complaint process.

Individual surveys will be tailored to a party's experience at the tribunal and emailed to them after their case closes. Look at all the possible survey questions.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

January 15, 2016
The Tribunal has issued amended Rules and new forms. See:

With these changes the Tribunal has amended:

  • Information Sheets P2 Tribunal Process
  • Information Sheet P6 Disclosure Requirements
  • Process Flow Chart
  • Form 7.2 – Dismissal Application

January 4, 2016
Amendments to the Human Rights Code and Administrative Tribunals Act came into effect on December 17, 2015. (See Order in Council No. 797 regarding the Administrative Tribunals Statutes Amendment Act, 2015.) We will add links to the amended legislation as soon as they are available. The amendments to the Human Rights Code include changes to:

  • The definitions of chair and member (section 1)
  • The tribunal’s power to make rules and orders (section 27.3(2)(m))
  • The provision regarding the tribunal (section 31)
  • The provision regarding the application of the Administrative Tribunals Act (section 32)

The amendments to the Administrative Tribunals Act affecting the tribunal include:

  • A new definition of “facilitated settlement process” (section 1)
  • An amended definition of “tribunal” (section 1)
  • Changes to the application of the Act (section 1.1)
  • Changes to the provisions regarding appointments (Part 2)
  • New provisions regarding the clustering of tribunals (Part 3)
  • New provision regarding facilitated settlement (section 28)
  • New provisions regarding surveys and reporting (section 59.1 and 59.2)
  • Changes to the provision regarding the power to make regulations (section 60)

October 1, 2015
The Tribunal seeks a regular Legal Counsel. For more information on the position, deadlines and details on how to apply, go to BC Public Service Job Opportunities on the MyHR website.

September 24, 2015

The Tribunal's Annual Report for fiscal year 2014-2015 was filed with the Clerk of the Legislature on September 22, 2015.

June 3, 2015
The Tribunal invites your feedback in an effort to make the human rights process accessible, timely and fair. In particular, please provide your comments on recent changes to our Rules of Practice and Procedure and Forms by June 30, 2015. See the Registrar's letter for more details regarding our feedback request. You may wish to send your comments via our email address: BCHumanRightsTribunal@gov.bc.ca

May 20, 2015
The definition of retaliation has been expanded. For conduct occurring on or after May 14, 2015, the Human Rights Code protects you from retaliation because you:

  • made a complaint or might make a complaint
  • are named in a complaint or might be named in a complaint
  • give evidence or help in some other way in a complaint, or you might do so

March 25, 2015
IMPORTANT NOTICE � As of March 30, 2015, the BC Human Rights Coalition will be known as the BC Human Rights Clinic and their new contact information will be:

Suite 300 – 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Tel: 604-622-1100
Fax: 604-685-7611
Toll Free: 1-855-685-6222

The BC Human Rights Clinic will continue to conduct their short service clinics every Monday at the Tribunal's location.

February 19, 2015
The Tribunal amended the Settlement Meeting Policy to incorporate the new Agreement to Participate in Mediation, which replaces the Settlement Meeting Agreement.

February 17, 2015
The Tribunal has replaced the Practice Direction Hearing Recording and Transcripts, including a model order for access to audio recordings.

December 9, 2014
The Tribunal has changed the judicial review page so that it now lists only those Tribunal decisions where there has been a court decision on the judicial review application.

November 17, 2014
The Tribunal’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2013-2014 was tabled in the Legislature on October 20, 2014.

October 28, 2014
The Tribunal issued new Information Sheets about settling a complaint:

July 15, 2014

The Tribunal has issued amended Rules, new forms, and has replaced all of its Information Sheets. See:

The Tribunal’s policies have been amended to reflect changes in the Rules.

The following practice directions have been withdrawn:

  • April 21, 2011 - Public Access to the Complaint File
  • February 11, 2014 - New Tribunal Forms

Also see changes to our home page.

February 25, 2014
The Tribunal’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2012-2013 was tabled in the Legislature on February 24, 2013.

February 11, 2014

New Tribunal Forms

March 20, 2013

New Practice Direction :Hearing Recordings

March 4, 2013

The Tribunal’s Annual Report for fiscal year 2011-2012 was tabled in the Legislature on February 27, 2013.

December 20, 2012

Holiday Hours – The Tribunal will be closed for statutory holidays on December 25, 26, 2012 and January 1, 2013.

December 10, 2012

December 10, known as International Human Rights Day, marks the 64th anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Please follow this link to the United Nations website for detailed information, including a link to the Declaration itself.

October 30, 2012

New Information Sheet:Info Sheet No. 27 Reconsideration of Decisions

August 30, 2012

Strike � On August 29, 2012 the BCGEU (BC Government and Service Employees’ Union) announced that B.C. government workers across the province will go on strike on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 for one day. Alternate arrangements have been made for hearings and mediations scheduled on September 5. Those affected will be contacted by the Tribunal. Our offices will be open on the day of the strike to receive new complaints and submissions. Telephone inquires made on September 5 will be received by voice mail message and attended to the following day.

April 20, 2012

The BC Human Rights Tribunal welcomes Steven Adamson as our new Registrar.  Mr. Adamson comes to us from the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal where he worked as a Vice Chair and Deputy Registrar.  In his previous role he was instrumental in revising WCAT’s website, forms and guides.  Prior to that Mr. Adamson was an Appeal Commissioner with the former Worker’s Compensation Board Appeal Division.  He is looking forward to working with the stakeholders in the BC human rights community. 

March 8, 2012
Update on the Tribunal's Review Policy and Procedure.

August 26, 2011
The Tribunal is undertaking a policy and procedural review and is inviting feedback from stakeholders. 

April 21, 2011

The Tribunal’s Acting Chair, Bernd Walter, issued a new  practice directive.
Public Access to the Complaint File

December 8, 2010
The Tribunal’s Acting Chair, Bernd Walter, responded by letter to the BC Law Institute regarding their Workplace Dispute Resolution Project Report to the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry for the Attorney General. 

October 5, 2010

The Tribunal’s Acting Chair, Bernd Walter, presented an Information Brief to the BC Law Institute’s Workplace Dispute Resolution Consultation.  The Tribunal prepared the Information Brief to identify human rights and administrative law principles relevant to law reform in this area, to identify previous reports respecting human rights reform, and to provide information about the Tribunal’s processes for consideration in the Law Institute’s review process.

March 2, 2010
New Information Sheet 16B: How to Respond to an Application to Dismiss a Complaint