Governing Legislation and Resources for Human Rights (6:II)

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A. Legislation[edit]

Human Rights Code, RSBC 1996, c 210, as amended [HRC]

Canadian Human Rights Act, RSC 1985, c H-6, as amended [CHRA]

Civil Rights Protection Act, RSBC 1996, c 49 [CRPA].

B. Resources[edit]

B.C. Human Rights Tribunal[edit]

An independent, quasi-judicial body created by the B.C. Human Rights Code, responsible for accepting, screening, mediating and adjudicating provincial human rights complaints. Its website is very helpful. Their Guides and Information Sheets provide thorough procedural information in English, Chinese, and Punjabi. The Tribunal’s decisions dating back to 1997 are available online.

Online Website
Address 1170 - 605 Robson Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6B 5J3
Phone (604) 775-2000
TTY: (604) 775-2021
Toll-free in B.C.: 1-888-440-8844
Fax: (604) 775-2020

The B.C. Human Rights Clinic[edit]

The BC Human Rights Clinic is operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society and funded by the BC Ministry of Justice. The Clinic provides free legal representation to low-income complainants or those unable to represent themselves due to lack of capacity or disability before the BC Human Rights Tribunal who qualify for services. It also provides a free short service Drop-In Clinic at the Tribunal on Mondays.

Online Website
Address 300 – 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C., V6E 4G1
Phone (604) 622-1100
Toll-free in Canada: 1-855-685-6222
Fax: (604) 685-7611

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)[edit]

If the client’s legal issue also extends to Charter rights, the BCCLA may provide assistance.

Online Website
Address 550 - 1188 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 4A2
Phone (604) 630-9748
Fax: (604) 687-3045

The Canadian Human Rights Commission[edit]

Online Website

Western Region[edit]

Address Canada Place, Suite 1645, 9700 Jasper Avenue
P.O. Box 21, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4C3
Phone (780) 495-4040
Toll-Free: 1-888-214-1090
TTY: 1-888-643-3304
Fax: (780) 495-4044

National Office[edit]

Address 344 Slater Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E1
Phone (613) 995-1151
Toll-free: 1-888-214-1090
6-2 TTY: 1-888-643-3304
Fax: (613) 996-9661

The Commission can independently initiate federal human rights complaints but normally assists in their drafting and investigates complaints lodged by individuals or organizations. If insufficient evidence of discrimination is presented, the Commission can dismiss the complaint. If the Commission finds that the allegations of discrimination warrant mediation or adjudication, it can refer cases to conciliation or to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for hearing.

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