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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March 28, 2018
The Tribunal has posted a revised Members’ Code of Conduct, Mediators’ Code of Conduct, and process for making a complaint about the Tribunal’s services.

March 7, 2018
The BC Court of Appeal clarified the test for proving retaliation under s. 43 of the Code in Gichuru v. Pallai, 2018 BCCA 78. We have updated our information about retaliation and leading cases.

February 28, 2018
The Tribunal is establishing a working group to address Tribunal process for complaints brought on behalf of a child. By March 28, 2018, send your expression of interest, identifying your relevant experience, to the attention of:

Diana Juricevic

November 1, 2017
There is a full time vacancy for the position of Tribunal Member coming available in January 2018. A posting is open now until December 15, 2017.

November 1, 2017
Devyn Cousineau has been appointed as a member of the Tribunal for a six month term beginning November 1, 2017.

November 1, 2017
The Tribunal issued service standards, effective November 1, 2017.

October 26, 2017
The Tribunal is withdrawing the Settlement Meeting Policy. We have updated the Frequently Asked Questions About Settlement Meetings (Mediation).

October 24, 2017
The Tribunal amended rule 7 of its Rules of Practice and Procedure.

October 13, 2017
The Tribunal made its Submission to Parliamentary Secretary Ravi Kahlon regarding the re-establishment of a Human Rights Commission in British Columbia.

September 21, 2017
The Government of British Columbia is re-establishing the B.C. Human Rights Commission. Everyone is welcome to contribute their views about the role, functions and priorities of the new commission.

Find out more about the consultation.

September 20, 2017
The Tribunal's Annual Report 2016-2017 has been tabled in the Legislature and can be found here.

September 15, 2017

The Tribunal is considering an amendment to Rule 7 – Representation before the Tribunal. We would like to receive feedback about the draft amendment by October 13, 2017. Read more.

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