On August 4, 2017 Premier John Horgan along with Attorney General David Eby announced that British Columbia will re-establish the B.C. Human Rights Commission to address inequality and discrimination. The Attorney General tasked Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, to lead a public engagement process and provide recommendations.
The report outlines recommendations in five categories, including the commission’s creation, purpose, functions, powers and early priorities. Additional recommendations related to the Human Rights Tribunal, the Human Rights Clinic and the Ministry of Attorney General are included.
September 20 to November 17, 2017
- 511 online discussion form comments
- 88 stakeholder Meetings (68 organizations & 20 individuals)
- Two Indigenous workshops were held that included a total of 12 organizations
- 81 written submissions (72 organizations & 9 individuals)
Input leads to action:
The results of the public engagement have been summarized in a public report and recommendations to Attorney General David Eby.
Informed by the report’s recommendations, the Ministry of Attorney General drafted legislation entitled Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018. On November 1, 2018, the Act was introduced in the Legislative Assembly.
The legislation is now before Cabinet for consideration. Once the legislation has passed and has received Royal Assent, an all-party committee will be formed to unanimously recommend a commissioner who will then be subject to approval by the Legislative Assembly.