Human Rights – British Columbia

On July 25, 2016, the provincial government passed amendments to the B.C. Human Rights Code. The amendments specifically bar discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. The phrase “gender identity or expression” was added to all areas of the Code except wage discrimination based on sex. “Sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” were also added to the non-profit exemption and to the employment equity provision. This means that discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression is strictly prohibited under the B.C. Human Rights Code, ​except under wage discrimination based on sex.

You can file a human rights complaint if you feel you’ve been discriminated against under one of the protected areas. To see if your complaint is covered by the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal or to receive assistance, call (604) 622-1100 or 1-855-685-6222.

Sources: British Columbia Human Rights Code; British Columbia Human Rights Clinic; British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal.