The Legislative Assembly establishes Special Committees to select and unanimously recommend the appointment of Statutory Officers. On November 29, 2023, the Legislative Assembly appointed the Special Committee to select and unanimously recommend the appointment of a Human Rights Commissioner, pursuant to section 47.01 of the Human Rights Code (R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 210).
The Human Rights Commissioner is a non-partisan, independent statutory officer of the Legislature who is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights in British Columbia.
Terms of Reference
On November 29, 2023, the Legislative Assembly agreed that a Special Committee to Appoint a Human Rights Commissioner be appointed to select and unanimously recommend to the Legislative Assembly the appointment of an individual as Human Rights Commissioner for the province of British Columbia, pursuant to section 47.01 of the Human Rights Code (R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 210).
That the Special Committee have all the powers of a Select Standing Committee and in addition be empowered to:
appoint of its number one or more subcommittees and to refer to such subcommittees any of the matters referred to the Special Committee and to delegate to the subcommittees all or any of its powers except the power to report directly to the House;
sit during a period in which the House is adjourned, during the recess after prorogation until the next following Session and during any sitting of the House;
adjourn from place to place as may be convenient; and
retain personnel as required to assist the Special Committee.
That the Special Committee report to the House as soon as possible; and that during a period of adjournment, the Special Committee deposit its reports with the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, and upon resumption of the sittings of the House, or in the next following Session, as the case may be, the Chair present all reports to the House.
Follow Up Process