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As of April 1, 2015 the Coalition will now be operating as

the BC Human Rights Clinic

Please contact us at

Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1

Tel: 604-622-1100

Fax: 604.685.7611

Toll Free: 1-855-685-7611


Next Full Day "Human Rights and Employment Toolkit" seminar

MAY 14, 2015

UPDATE: Will include review of new WCB anti-bullying legislation!!!

Course Description  and  Registration Form

11 seats available

Live phone service from us is only available

Monday / Wednesday / Friday


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What is the reason for the visit on our website and what are you here for?

General information
I am thinking of filing or I have filed a complaint
I am responding to a complaint

Current Results

FAQ's          FAQ's

for Complainants      for Respondents

If you're looking to file a complaint and need answers to the who, what, how and when to file, follow this link ... Filing Your Complaint. Are you a complainant looking for us to represent you? See our How to Apply for Representation page.

If you need to defend yourself against a complaint and need answers to the who, what, how of defending yourself see Responding to a Complaint.  Want to understand the law around applying to have a case dismissed - Check here.

If you are a respondent looking to get free

legal representation contact the Law Centre.

Information about human rights, the Human Rights Code, and how to file a complaint or respond to a complaint is available on this site, or from the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Ministry of the Attorney General, and through Service BC offices across BC.  If you can't find something, email or call us 604-689-8474 or toll free 1-877-689-8474.

Assistance and Representation

In partnership with the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), we run a provincial human rights clinic that provides assistance and representation to those who need help dealing with a provincial human rights complaint.  Our Clinic page provides detail on this service and its intake procedures and How to Apply for Representation


In addition to the above, every Monday between 9:30 and 4:00 an Advocate is on-site at the Tribunal's offices in Vancouver to provide additional assistance to those who have difficulty understanding if they have complaints, framing complaints, or replying to applications. This onsite service is on a first come first serve basis. 

Our section on Grounds of Protection under the B.C. Human Rights Code.  Includes definitions, caselaw and examples of each ground of protection


Confused about the difference between the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Human Rights Coalition? We find that many people are so we have a chart to explain what each party does at each step in the process.

Looking for online resources regarding human rights?  We've compiled a listing of fact sheets, guides and policies from sources across the country.  The materials are sorted by issue with brief descriptions and links to the source document.  Pdf version.

The Coalition has produced an updated version of our "Human Rights, Your Rights To Know" booklet.  The booklet is written in plain language and explains what protections the provincial human rights law provides, how you can make a complaint and who can help you.  An online pdf version is available or call in your request.

The Ministry of the Attorney General has revised their series of information pamphlets on human rights protections in British Columbia.  Seven separate pamphlets are available in English, Mandarin, and Punjabi. 


What's New

December 10th, 2014 - 66th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 26th Anniversary of the Renate Shearer Award


The B.C. Human Rights Coalition and the United Nations Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch celebrated International Human Rights Day, Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

This was the 66th Anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 26th Anniversary of the Renate Shearer Award.

Each year, this memorial Award is presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the filed of human rights. This Award is a memorial to the life and work of Renate Shearer who was a champion of equality and dignity for all. Renate was the Chair of the BC Human Rights Commission in the nineteen seventies. Later, she became well known as the Co-Chair of the citizens' rights Solidarity Coalition, which organized marches in the largest political demonstration in B.C. history.


This year the Reanate Shearer Award was presented to the SOCIETY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF BC ("SCY") in recognition of its exemplary work by promoting Child Rights in British Columbia. The SCY is a charitable rganization with a unique mission: to promote the full realization of children's rights in British Columbia through education, advocacy, community engagement and capacity buidling. Using UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as a foundation, SCY's work has had a wide impact on legislation, policy and practice.


(From the left: Tanya Smith, Board Member of the Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada presents the Award to Andrea Lemire, the Executive Director of the Society for Children and Youth of BC)

2014 Recipient of Rosemary Brown Award for Women

West Coast LEAF (Legal Education and Action Fund)

West Coast LEAF is being recognized for its extraordinary contribution in the area of Women's Rights. (Details and more pictures are here)


(Left picture: Cleta Brown, daughter of Rosemary Brown, in the middle, presents the Award to the West Coast LEAF Executive Director, Kasari Govender, on the left, and Francesca Marzari, Chair of the Board).

The event took place on June 5th at the University Women's Club of Vancouver.

(Slide show, please watch here)

New paper by the Coalition- "The BC Human Rights System Explained" This paper explains how we got to where we are today and how the various orantizations involved in human rights fit together.        

Social Condition - the state of being poor, homeless or otherwise disadvanteged is protected in only some human rights legislation, although Canada has committed to the UN to address the issue. See the most recent paper we had commissioned addressing the need for legislative change.

Human trafficking is a global problem. Canada has been identified as both a transit and a destination point for human trafficking, and Vancouver has been singled out by the U.S. state department as a port of major concern. In 2007 British Columbia established the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (OCTIP). OCTIP is focused on he protection of trafficked persons and on the prevention of human trafficking. The Office will also assist law enforcement in the prosecution of human trafficking offenders.  Our Human Trafficking page has more information on the topic.


The latest copy of our Newsletter is now available. Link to past issues of the newsletter.


We have a comprehensive education program which is offered province wide.  We also provide consultation services to those designing and implementing human rights policies and procedures. You may contact us directly to find out what educational services we can tailor to your needs.  

Security and You:  Know Your Rights  The Coalition has launched a rights kit that raises awareness and increases public knowledge of rights and responsibilities when interacting with private security guards.  A wallet sized rights card, a brochure and a supplementary website – - explain what guards can and cannot do, what the public’s rights are when interacting with guards and how to make a complaint against a guard.  Cards and brochures can be downloaded from or you can contact the Coalition directly. 

Past News  (link to past stories)

Information on this site is meant for general purposes only. If you require detailed information regarding a human rights situation, please contact us directly, or seek legal Counsel.

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Thanks to our Funders

The BC Human Rights Coalition would like to thank our funders, the Ministry of Justice,

the Ministry of Finance - Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch, and the Law Foundation of BC.

Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Finance