Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Canadian Human Rights Commission

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The Canadian Human Rights Commission is a quasi-judicial body that was established in 1977 by the government of Canada. It is empowered under the Canadian Human Rights Act to investigate and try to settle complaints of discrimination in employment and in the provision of services within federal jurisdiction. The CHRC is also empowered under the Employment Equity Act to ensure that federally regulated employers provide equal opportunities for four designated groups: women, Aboriginal people, the disabled and visible minorities. The CHRC helps enforce these human rights and inform the general public and employers of these rights.

Organization and structure

The Commission is composed of eight commissioners. The Chief Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are appointed for terms not exceeding seven years while other commissioners are appointed for three year terms. The current Chief Commissioner is Jennifer Lynch, who was appointed in March 2007.

The daily work of the Commission is carried out by a staff of approximately 200 people.

The Commission investigates complaints, attempts to facilitate a resolution between the parties if appropriate and refers matters for which a resolution cannot be found to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which holds hearings and hands down rulings.

Criticism and controversy

The Commission has been criticized over its investigations of alleged hate speech as well as its procedures regarding admissibility of evidence and...
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