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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April 6, 2017
The Tribunal has made changes to its website to improve user accessibility. You will need to update your favourites.

January 30, 2017
To assist parties preparing for judicial review, the Tribunal has posted information about the standard of review including links to court decisions.

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.

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