“What’s new”

March 18, 2020


Due to COVID-19, all parties before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) are hereby advised of the following significant changes to our activities:

  • All in-person mediations and hearings scheduled between Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and Friday, May 29, 2020 are postponed. We will notify you by April 17, 2020, if in-person events in June are cancelled.
  • If you have submissions due for filing with the Tribunal, we ask you to continue working towards the established deadlines.
  • All staff will work remotely from home as much as possible. Please send all submissions to the CHRT via e-mail. Do not send mail, faxes or packages to the Tribunal office.

If extensions of deadlines are required, please contact the Tribunal at Registrar-Greffier@chrt-tcdp.gc.ca. The Tribunal Member assigned for each mediation or hearing will contact the parties in due course to explore moving forward with some or all of the scheduled events by videoconference or telephone.

For further information, you may contact us by telephone at 613 995-1707 or 1-844-899-3604 or via the Office of the CHRT online form on this website.

We will do our utmost to minimize disruptions to our service delivery. We will update you again as matters progress. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding.


David L. Thomas
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Pay Equity Act

We want your feedback on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s new Procedures for Referrals or Appeals Under the Pay Equity Act!

For more information, please open this link.

“I would like to file a complaint.”

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal does not receive complaints directly.

Canadian Human Rights Commission

“My case is with the Tribunal, what happens next?”

The Complainant must explain that the treatment received was connected to one or more prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Welcome to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) has a statutory mandate to apply the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) based on the evidence presented and on the case law.

Created by Parliament in 1977, the Tribunal legally decides whether a person or organization has engaged in a discriminatory practice under the Act. The purpose of the CHRA is to protect individuals from discrimination. It states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination.

The CHRT applies these principles to cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). The Tribunal is similar to a court of law, but is less formal and only hears cases relating to discrimination.

Guide to understanding
the CHRT

This Guide explains in details what happens once a complaint of discrimination is referred to the CHRT.

The Complaint Resolution

An overview of how a complaint by a Canadian makes its way to the CHRT and how the Tribunal generally conducts its hearings.