Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission exists to help ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are.

Everyone in the world is entitled to the same fundamental human rights. They are the universal human rights that we, as citizens of this world, have agreed we are all entitled to, including the right to equality and dignity, and to live free from all forms of discrimination. Countries have human rights laws to make sure that people and governments are held accountable if your human rights are not respected.

In Canada, your human rights are protected by provincial, territorial, federal and international laws.

The Commission is independent from the government and has the authority to research, raise awareness and speak out on any matter related to human rights in Canada.

The Commission is also responsible for administering the law, which protects people in Canada from discrimination when based on any of the following grounds:

  • Race
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Marital status
  • Family status
  • Disability
  • Genetic characteristics
  • A conviction for which a pardon has been granted

To find out how to file a complaint if you have been a victim of discrimination, go to our website

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Canadian Human Rights Commission YouTube channel

The Commission has developed several videos to help individuals living in Canada to better understand their human rights.

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