Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is Canada's human rights watchdog. We help ensure that everyone in Canada is treated equally. We work for the people of Canada and operate independently from the Government. We represent the public interest and hold the Government of Canada to account on human rights issues.

The Commission is responsible for administering the Canadian Human Rights Act, which protects people in Canada from discrimination based on certain grounds such as race, sex and disability. We receive human rights complaints and try to resolve issues through mediation.

The Commission also administers the Accessible Canada Act, the Employment Equity Act, and the Pay Equity Act.

Accessibility Commissioner and Accessibility Unit

Our mandate

The Accessibility Commissioner is responsible for enforcing (checking if organizations are following) the Accessible Canada Act and the Accessible Canada Regulations. They will also deal with certain accessibility complaints.

The Accessibility Commissioner is a member of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The Commission's Accessibility Unit supports the Accessibility Commissioner’s work.

We collaborate with our partners to achieve the Accessible Canada Act's goal of a barrier-free Canada.

Our vision

We envision a society where everyone embraces and benefits from accessibility, and where people with disabilities feel welcome, are included and can fully participate.

Commissioner's message

Accessibility Rules: it’s time to take action!

The Accessible Canada Act (ACA) is now in force and its first regulations are in place. Canada has begun its journey towards full accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Read the full Commissioner's message

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