The Human Rights Commissioner
The Human Rights Commissioner is a new independent officer of the Legislature appointed under the Human Rights Code, 1996, and is responsible for protecting and promoting human rights. The Commissioner assumed formal responsibilities effective September 3, 2019.
The Commissioner’s responsibilities include: identifying and promoting the elimination of discriminatory practices, policies, and programs; developing and delivering public information and education about human rights; undertaking and supporting research respecting human rights; examining the human rights implications of any policy, program, or legislation; and promoting compliance with international human rights obligations. While the Commissioner may call an inquiry into broad human rights issues or systemic discrimination, the responsibility for screening and adjudicating individual and group complaints remains with the Human Rights Tribunal.