“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.

The Canadian Human Rights
Tribunal has moved!

Our new address is:

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
240 Sparks Street, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1J4
Phone: 613-995-1707
Toll-free: 1-844-899-3604
TTY: 613-947-1070
Fax: 613-995-3484

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.