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  • Annual Report 2021-2022

    BCHRT’s Annual Report 2021-2022 has been filed.

  • The Sovereign will now be referred to as His Majesty the King

    Cases involving the Sovereign will now be referred to as His Majesty the King. The Tribunal will make changes to existing case names when next corresponding or meeting with the parties.  Parties will update the case name on their existing cases from Her Majesty the Queen to His Majesty the King when next corresponding or…

  • New practice directions

    The Tribunal replaced two practice directions with the Case Path Pilot, which sets out a one-year pilot project regarding the process for considering complaints under s. 27 of the Human Rights Code.

  • Notice update

    The Tribunal updated the Notice about Mask Requirements in Services.

  • The Tribunal has issued four new practice directions

    Several changes take effect today:  The Tribunal has issued four new practice directions:  Mask-wearing Complaints  Mediation services where all parties have legal representation – which requires lawyers and legal advocates to make reasonable efforts to resolve complaints on their own before participating in the Tribunal’s mediation services, if all parties have legal representation.  Complaint Response – which…

  • COVID-19 Issues at the Tribunal

    Mask Wearing Complaints During the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has made public health orders requiring masks in some settings. Many people are filing complaints related to mask wearing when seeking services. Often, people say that they can’t wear a mask because of a disability. They say the store denied them services. The Tribunal has set requirements for complaints…

  • Fall 2021 updates

    November 25, 2021  The government amended the Human Rights Code effective November 25, 2021 to add Indigenous identity as a ground of discrimination. In Expanding Our Vision: Cultural Equality & Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights, Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem recommended that the Tribunal advocate to add Indigenous identity as a protected ground to the Code. That recommendation has…

  • Summer 2021 updates

    August 16, 2021  The Tribunal has introduced a new logo.  July 28, 2021  BCHRT’s Annual Report 2020-2021 has been filed with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and is now available to the public.  July 12, 2021  Emily Ohler has been appointed chair of the BC Human Rights Tribunal effective August 1, 2021 for a three-year term.…

  • Notice to Counsel appearing before the Human Rights Tribunal

    April 28, 2021 Re: Expectations of Counsel The purpose of this notice is to draw counsel’s attention to the obligations to conduct themselves in a respectful, trauma-informed manner when appearing before the Tribunal, as set out in: The Benchers of the Law Society have issued a statement that lawyer competence includes: We encourage all lawyers involved with…

  • The Tribunal welcomes two new members

    The Tribunal welcomes two new members to our team: Simmy Chauhan and Jessica Derynck. Ms. Chauhan and Ms. Derynck were both appointed as full-time Tribunal Members for six month terms commencing April 6, 2021 and April 12, 2021, respectively.