August 8, 2017
The government of British Columbia has announced its plan to re-institute the province’s Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”). In 2002, British Columbia’s Human Rights Commission was shut down by the Liberal government, in favour of the Human Rights Tribunal (the “Tribunal”), the body which currently adjudicates human rights complaints in British Columbia.
The current Human Rights Tribunal is a complaint driven process which requires individuals to file a claim where they believe their human rights have been infringed upon.
Human Rights Commissions, generally, have broader mandates, are charged with educating the public about human rights, and take a more pro-active role in policy development and preventing discrimination.
A public consultation process concerning the Commission is planned for September of 2017.
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