About Us

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An inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected.

About the Commission

Parliament created the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1977 to provide equal opportunity to everyone in Canada and to help people confront discrimination in their daily lives. Parliamentarians shared a vision of a country where "all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have", free from discrimination.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission was created to administer the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also ensures compliance with the Employment Equity Act. The Commission operates independently from government when administering these two acts of Parliament.

Our Mandate

The Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination by:

  • promoting human rights through research and policy development; 
  • protecting human rights through a fair and effective complaints process;   
  • representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians; and
  • auditing employers under federal jurisdiction for compliance with employment equity.


Chapter 9: About the Canadian Human Rights Commission

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