Update - July 15, 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, all mediations and hearings that take place IN PERSON are cancelled until further notice.
  • To minimize the delays resulting from the cancellation of IN-PERSON mediations and hearings, the Tribunal is holding virtual mediations by video and telephone and is prepared to proceed with video hearings, where appropriate.
  • To assist our parties and their representatives, the Tribunal 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 an in-person hearing or mediation scheduled between now and September 8, 2020 inclusive, the Tribunal will be in touch to discuss an alternative form of hearing or mediation. Mediations and hearings scheduled after September 8, 2020 are unlikely to proceed in person in 2020. Parties will be contacted in due course to discuss alternative arrangements.
  • 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 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

COVID-19 Practice Direction

“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 CHRT

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 and is seeking comments and feedback from any interested person. The deadline is October 28, 2020.

These consultations are taking place during the official consultation period, which started when the Rules of Procedure were pre-published in Part I of the Canada Gazette on August 29, 2020, along with their accompanying Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement. The Tribunal intends to review all comments received after consultations are over and to make the necessary changes, if any, before the final publication of the Rules of Procedure 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

Pay Equity Act

The Pay Equity Act 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

The Accessible Canada Act received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019.

News Release: Canada’s first federal accessibility legislation comes into force (July 11, 2019)

The CHRT’s new role and new complaints and appeals process under the Accessible Canada Act (ACA)

What's New


The Tribunal has developed a Policy on Access to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) Official Record, effective May 1, 2020. To submit any comment, suggestion or question, please send an e-mail to:

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.