Victoria Bringing Back Human Rights Commission
Prince George, B.C. – The new BC Green-backed NDP government is bringing back the human rights commission.
“Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. By re-establishing a human rights commission, we will create a more-inclusive and just society, where we work together to eliminate inequality and prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” said Premier John Horgan.
B.C. is the only province in Canada without a human rights commission. The previous commission was dismantled in 2002 in favour of a complaint-driven tribunal.
Prior to bringing back the human rights commission, the government will hold a consultation process which will include both online and face-to-face meetings with British Columbians, stakeholders and human rights experts.
That consultation will start in September with legislation expected to follow next year.