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  • 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. 


  • March 2021 updates

    March 22, 2021  Tribunal will set automatic mediation dates starting April 6, 2021. When the Tribunal notifies the parties that a complaint is proceeding, it will set a mediation date. Mediation remains voluntary. Parties can opt out or ask for a date change, if necessary. This change is aimed to gain efficiencies in the process…


  • February 2021 updates

    February 26, 2021  The Tribunal has adopted a Mediation Policy, which covers:  The Tribunal updated the Agreement to Participate in Mediation to add clause 3, which addresses standards of conduct in mediation.  February 17, 2021  Tribunal announces new process for mask wearing complaints.  February 11, 2021  Indigenous Tribunal Members Appointed. Following the release of the Report of Ardith Walpetko…


  • 2020 updates

    September 22, 2020  The Tribunal has issued a Guide to On-line Hearings and Microsoft Teams Participant Instructions. These guides contain practical information that will help participants prepare for video hearings at the Tribunal.  June 22, 2020  The Tribunal has:  We will start inviting participants to create accounts. We ask for your patience as we move 1,600 cases into…


  • 2019 updates

    November 7, 2019  The Tribunal has a new practice direction on applications to dismiss against individual respondents.  July 17, 2019  BCHRT’s Annual Report 2018-2019 has been filed with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and is now available to the public.  June 14, 2019  The Report of the Working Group on Strengthening Tribunal Processes for Representative Complaints is available…


  • 2018 updates

    November 27, 2018  The Human Rights Amendment Act, 2018 (Bill 50), received Royal Assent today.  The following amendments come into effect on Royal Assent  Some amendments will come into effect by regulation:  November 16, 2018  The Tribunal is asking for input about how to protect both privacy and freedom of expression in relation to its process.…


  • 2017 updates

    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…


  • 2016 updates

    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…