About Us

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is Canada's human rights watchdog. We work for the people of Canada and operate independently from the Government. The Commission helps ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are. We are responsible for representing the public interest and holding the Government of Canada to account on matters related to human rights.

The Accessible Canada Act, the Employment Equity Act, and the Pay Equity Act give the Commission the authority to work with federally regulated employers to ensure they are preventing discrimination and promoting inclusion through proactive compliance with these laws. This contributes to the elimination of employment barriers and wage discrimination in federally regulated workplaces for women, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and racialized groups.

Our Vision

An inclusive society where everyone is valued and respected.

Our Mission

We promote and protect human rights in Canada.

Our Mandate

The Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimination by:

  • promoting human rights through research and policy development;
  • protecting human rights through a fair and effective complaints process;
  • representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians; and
  • auditing employers under federal jurisdiction for compliance with employment equity.
  • help federally regulated employers and services create a barrier-free Canada through the proactive identification, removal, and prevention of barriers to accessibility;
  • promote women’s equality by ensuring that federal public and private sector organizations value the work done by women in the same as they value work done by men; and
  • drive change on key systemic housing issues and advance the right for housing for all in Canada.

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure - Text version follows
Organizational Structure - Text version

The image represents the Canadian Human Rights Commission organization chart. It contains:

  • Chief Commissioner
    all of the following positions are reporting to the Chief Commissioner:
    • Federal Housing Advocate note 1, note 2
    • Accessibility Commissionernote 2
    • Pay Equity Commissionernote 2
    • Executive Director
      all of the following positions are reporting to the Executive Director:
      • Proactive Branch
      • Legal Service Branch
      • Complaints Service Branch
      • Corporate Services Branch
      • Policy and Communications Branch
    • Deputy Commissioner
    • full-time Commissioner
    • three part-time Commissioners
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