COVID-19 Response

1-Year Time Limit to File a Complaint

Urgent Complaints

How to File Materials

Filing Deadlines

Mediations and Hearings

Accredited Media Access to Hearings

Affidavits

Return to Work Plan


1-Year Time Limit to File a Complaint

The government declared a state of emergency in BC on March 18, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this situation, people may need more time to file a complaint. If you file your complaint late because of the pandemic, explain this on your complaint form.

Urgent Complaints

If your complaint is urgent because of the COVID-19 situation or for another reason, notify us when you file your complaint. Use one of these two methods:

  • Explain the urgency in an email or letter. Example. Your landlord is trying to evict you because you have COVID-19 or because they think you might have it.
  • Make an application for a Fast-Track Process

How to File Materials

The reception desk is closed to the public. A drop box is not currently accessible. You can file materials by mail, fax, and email.

If you want to file by courier or if you want to mail a package (larger than an envelope), please call the case manager for instructions.

Check back for updates.

Filing Deadlines

If you have trouble meeting a filing deadline because of the COVID-19 situation, contact your case manager.

Mediations and Hearings

The Tribunal’s hearing and mediation rooms are temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19. If you have an in-person mediation or hearing in the near future, we will contact you to discuss other methods of proceeding.

Accredited Media Access to Hearings

The Tribunal recognizes the importance of having its hearings open to the public. Media who are accredited under the BC Courts Media Accreditation Process and who want to attend a hearing held by telephone or video conference should contact the Tribunal by email at BCHumanRightsTribunal@gov.bc.ca at least one week before the hearing. The email should identify the hearing from the hearing schedule and attach confirmation of their accreditation.

Affidavits

The Tribunal will accept affidavits executed following the process identified by the BC Courts and approved by the Law Society of BC.

Return to Work Plan

See the Return to Work Plan page for information.