Make a Complaint

Discrimination and harassment are against the law in Canada.

The first step in filing a human rights complaint is telling us what happened, why it happened, and where you were when it happened. The following questions will help us determine how the Canadian Human Rights Commission can help you.

Getting Started

What We Need to Know

  • The specific ground(s) of discrimination (race, sex, disability, religion, etc.)
  • A detailed description of what happened (how were you discriminated against)
  • The negative effect this act or treatment has had on you.

What You Need to Know

  • You should file a complaint within 12 months of the act or treatment that you are complaining about. The Commission does make exceptions.
  • You can file a complaint on behalf of others as long as you have their consent.
  • You don’t need to pay a fee to file a complaint.
  • You don't need to hire a lawyer or get other legal assistance. However, if you decide to hire legal help, you are responsible for paying the associated costs.
  • You can call the Commission and ask for help.
  • The Commission is impartial and it does not take your side or the respondent's.
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Complaint assessment form

Not every unfair situation can be considered discrimination under the law. In order for the Commission to accept your complaint, you must tell us specifically what happened to you.

For example: “I was fired.”

If you choose “Other”, please contact us.

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