(May 20, 2020)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all parties before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) are hereby advised of the following:
- Given the ongoing uncertainty regarding business resumption plans and the continued need for social distancing, only mediations and hearings that take place IN PERSON and that are scheduled until the end of July 2020 are cancelled. In an effort to minimize the delays resulting from the cancellation of IN-PERSON mediations and hearings, the Tribunal is holding mediations by video and telephone and is prepared to proceed with video hearings, where appropriate. To assist our parties and their representatives, the Tribunal has recently published a Practice Direction for Electronic Conduct of Mediations and Hearings During the Covid-19 Emergency. In every matter, the question of proceeding electronically will be determined, on a case-by-case basis, by the Tribunal member in charge of the case. If you have a hearing or mediation scheduled between now and the end of July, the Tribunal will be in touch to discuss an alternative form of hearing or mediation.
- The Tribunal will advise parties about August 2020 mediations and hearings on or before June 15, 2020. Therefore, all mediations and hearings scheduled for August 2020 and later months are scheduled to take place until further notice.
- If you have submissions due for filing with the Tribunal, we ask you to continue working towards the established deadlines.
- All staff are working remotely from home. 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 to each mediation or hearing will contact the parties through the Registry in due course, to explore the possibility of proceeding with scheduled events by videoconference or telephone, and where appropriate, to set future dates for same.
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 continue to do our utmost to minimize disruptions to our service delivery and to update you as matters progress. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding.
David L. Thomas
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
(May 1, 2020)
“I would like to file a complaint.”
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal does not receive complaints directly.
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.
New Rules of Procedure under the Canadian Human Rights Act
The Tribunal has finalized its new Rules of Procedure. The Tribunal is seeking comments and feedback from any interested person. The deadline is September 1, 2020.
These consultations are taking place before the official consultation period, which will start when the Rules of Procedure are pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette. The Tribunal intends to review all comments received after both consultation periods are over and to make the necessary changes, if any, before the final publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette.
A summary of the main changes is available for consultation.
Letter from the Chairperson: Consultation on Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Rules of Procedure
(Received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, but has not yet come into force.)
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has begun drafting new Rules of Procedure for Referrals and Appeals under the Pay Equity Act.
We want your feedback!
Complaints and Appeals under the Accessible Canada Act
(Received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.)
Complaints and Appeals under the ACA
(April 28, 2020)
Significant new role for the CHRT under the Accessible Canada Act (October 21, 2019)
News Release: Canada’s first federal accessibility legislation comes into force (July 11, 2019)
The Tribunal has developed a Policy on Access to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) Official Record (May 1, 2020), which takes effect immediately. To submit any comment, suggestion or question, please send an e-mail to: CHRTrules-TCDPregles@chrt-tcdp.gc.ca