Ministry of Justice

Human Rights Protection

The Human Rights Code protects British Columbians from discrimination in areas such as employment, housing, and services and facilities customarily available to the public. Protection from Discrimination gives a brief description of the coverage provided by the Human Rights Code.

More information about the Human Rights Code is available by following the links to the information sheets listed below, and from the B.C. Human Rights Coalition.

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.

Human Rights Day

Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day in British Columbia. The B.C. government has issued a proclamation to mark 2013 as the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Day, as well as Human Rights Day in British Columbia. Visit the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights website to see the Universal Declaration in more than 300 languages.

New to British Columbia? Know Your Human Rights.” 

Click on these links for information about human rights for newcomers to British Columbia: 

Brochure Posters

Eliminating Mandatory Retirement

Information Sheets

Protection from Discrimination
Disability Discrimination
Racial Discrimination
Discrimination Based on
Sexual Orientation
Sexual Discrimination
and Harassment
Information for Employers
Age Discrimination


To file a human rights complaint: For general questions about
human rights protections: 
BC Human Rights Tribunal
Suite 1170 – 605 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3
Phone: 604 775-2000
Tollfree (in B.C.): 1 888 440-8844
TTY (for hearing impaired): 604 775-2021
Ministry of Justice
Dispute Resolution Office
Justice Services Branch
Victoria, BC V8W 9J1
Phone: 250 387-1480
TTY: Please call Enquiry BC: 1-800-661-8773

Assistance for Eligible Complainants and Respondents

For complainants anywhere
in the province:

For respondents anywhere in the province and Victoria-area complainants:


BC Human Rights Clinic
c/o BC Human Rights Coalition
Suite 1202 – 510 West Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
Phone: 604 689-8474
Tollfree: 1 877 689-8474

BC Human Rights Clinic
c/o University of Victoria Law Centre
Third Floor 1221 Broad St.
Victoria, BC V8W 2A4
Phone: 250 385-1221
Tollfree: 1 866 385-1221


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