The Canadian Human Rights Commission is Canada’s human rights watchdog. We work for the people of Canada and operate independently from the Government.
The Commission helps ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are.
We are responsible for representing the public interest and holding the Government of Canada to account on matters related to human rights.
Our work is guided by the Canadian Human Rights Act, which gives the Commission the authority to research, raise awareness, and speak out on any matter related to human rights in Canada.
The Commission is responsible for administering the law, which protects people in Canada from discrimination when based on any of the grounds of discrimination such as race, sex and disability.
The Commission receives human rights complaints and works with both the complainant and respondent to resolve the issues through mediation. When a complaint cannot be settled, or when the Commission decides that further examination is warranted, it may refer the complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal for a decision.
The Commission also works with federally regulated employers to ensure compliance with the Employment Equity Act. This contributes to the elimination of employment barriers in various workplaces for women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and visible minorities.
The Commission operates across Canada with a team of approximately 200 people and is led by Chief Commissioner Marie-Claude Landry.
In 2018, the Commission’s executive team comprised Deputy Chief Commissioner Geneviève Chabot and part-time Commissioner Sheila M. MacPherson, while part time Commissioners Joanna Harrington, Rachel Leck, and Dianna Scarth were all appointed and welcomed to the Commission’s table.