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Parliament created the Canadian Human Rights Act in 1977 to provide equal opportunity to everyone in Canada and to help people confront discrimination in their daily lives. Parliamentarians shared a vision of a country where "all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have", free from discrimination.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission was created to administer the Canadian Human Rights Act. It also ensures compliance with the Employment Equity Act. The Commission operates independently from government when administering these two acts of Parliament.

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; and  
  • representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians.

Duty to accommodate

The Canadian Human Rights Act requires your employer or service provider to ensure that you are treated equally. This sometimes involves accommodating your needs—in other words, changing the work environment or your duties to enable you to participate fully and do your job every day. This is called the duty to accommodate. It applies only to needs that are based on one of the grounds of discrimination.


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