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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May 30, 2018
The Tribunal has amended its Rules of Practice and Procedure to add rule 36 – Reconsideration of Decisions. The new rule 36 sets out the requirements for an application to reconsider a decision, including a new 14 day time limit.

May 28, 2018
The Tribunal Chair has issued a new practice direction regarding legal authorities.

May 18, 2018
The Tribunal is inviting interveners in the hearing of Morgane Oger v. Bill Whatcott. See public notice.

May 8, 2018
The BCHRT is recruiting for a part-time, 0.8FTE, Legal Counsel. The closing date is May 28, 2018. Friendly reminder that applicants must apply on the BC Public Service site posting linked above. We will not accept applications sent to the BCHRT.

April 24, 2018
The Tribunal welcomes three new members to our team, Beverly Froese, Pamela Murray and Paul Singh.

Congratulations to Devyn Cousineau on her appointment as a Tribunal member. We wish her much success in the transition from Legal Counsel to a Tribunal member.

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.

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