A Citizen’s Recourse in Cases of Discrimination

While the regular courts or the Supreme Court are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Charter, the Canadian Human Rights Commission administers the Canadian Human Rights Act (1977) and is responsible for monitoring progress and the implementation of the Employment Equity Act. These two laws ensure respect of the principles of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all areas under federal jurisdiction (employers and service providers).

The Canadian Human Rights Commission is not legally bound to the Canadian Charter but to the Canadian Human Rights Act, which established it at the same time as the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.