“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: CHRTrules-TCDPregles@chrt-tcdp.gc.ca

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.