My Human Rights and Duties Under the BC Human Rights Code

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.

Discrimination refers to poor treatment based on a personal characteristic like race. A person can discriminate even if they do not mean to. Sometimes poor treatment can be justified and then there is no discrimination.

Learn more about human rights and duties in each area:


See frequently asked questions about human rights. Learn about remedies under the BC Human Rights Code.

Everyone also has a right under the Code to make a complaint, or be involved in a complaint, without retaliation. There is a duty not to retaliate against any person because they are involved or might be involved in a complaint.

The Code also sets up a process for making a complaint and seeking a solution.

Legal advice for people who experience discrimination may be available from the BC Human Rights Clinic. The Clinic comes to the Tribunal most Mondays to give advice. See others who can help on our resources page.

Learn more about the BC Human Rights Code and Tribunal: