New Rules of Procedure Under the Canadian Human Rights Act

We are pleased to announce that new Rules of Procedure (“Rules”) to govern all CHRT proceedings under the Canadian Human Rights Act came into effect on July 11, 2021.

While these Rules replace the former Rules of Procedure, parties are advised that, for the foreseeable future, there will be a period of transition:

We encourage you to consult the following resources to obtain further guidance on these new Rules:

We also invite you to check our website in the upcoming weeks, where several new practice notes and forms will be added to provide additional guidance on the new Rules.

At this time, we wish to thank all those who contributed to these new Rules by participating in the consultations which ran during the fall of 2020. Your input is greatly appreciated!

“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.

Pay Equity Act

The Pay Equity Act received Royal Assent on December 13, 2018, and will come into force on August 31, 2021.

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.