Human Rights Protection

British Columbia has a law to protect and promote human rights. It is called the B.C. Human Rights Code or the Code. The Code helps to protect you from discrimination and harassment.

The independent Human Rights Tribunal is responsible for dealing with complaints under the Human Rights Code. Information about the tribunal, including detailed information about how to file a complaint, is available from the BC Human Rights Tribunal.

For British Columbians seeking more information on the Human Rights Code, please see the list to the left of this page to access the factsheet in your preferred language.  Additional information can also be obtained from the B.C. Human Rights Clinic.

B.C. Human Rights Code Recent Amendments

In July 2016, The BC Human Rights Code was amended to include “gender identity or expression” among the protected grounds covered by the Code. Prior to the change, transgender individuals were protected under the ground of “sex”, as interpreted by B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal and the courts. Factsheets on this website are being updated to reflect the changes.

Any questions about B.C.’s Human Rights Code can be directed to the BC Human Rights Clinic.


How to Make a Human Rights Complaint

Contact the Human Rights Tribunal to make a complaint.

Where to Find Help With a Complaint

Help for eligible human rights complainants and respondents is available through the:

Did You Know?

British Columbia eliminated mandatory retirement in 2008.

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