This picture shows the parts of the system supporting human rights in B.C.

  • Who can help me make a human rights complaint?

    If you think you have experienced discrimination based on one or more parts of your identity in one of the areas of life protected by B.C.’s Human Right’s Code, you can make a complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal.

    Human Rights Tribunal

    The Human Rights Tribunal hears all the Human Rights Code complaints in B.C. and will

    • Share helpful resources about the complaint process on its website
    • Receive and hear your complaint.
    • Make sure your complaint is covered by the Human Rights Code
    • Start a legal process.
    • Offer a process for you and the person or organization named in your complaint to solve the process yourselves.

    Visit to learn more.

    There are different organizations in B.C. to help you with your complaint.


    If you are a unionized employee and have experienced discrimination related to your work, you can ask your union for help.

    Human Rights Clinic

    The Clinic provides free services for everyone in B.C. interested or involved in making a complaint.

    The Human Rights Clinic will

    • Help you decide if your complaint is covered by the Human Rights Code
    • Help you learn about the process of making a complaint with the Tribunal.
    • See if you qualify for other free legal services to help you with your complaint.

    Visit to learn more.

    The Law Centre

    The Law Centre is for people living in the Victoria area who qualify based on financial need.

    The Law Centre will also help any people or organizations anywhere in B.C. who have received a notice from the Human Rights Tribunal that a complaint has been made against them.

    The Law Centre will

    • Help you understand the Human Rights Code and the Human Rights Tribunal process.
    • Help prepare an initial complaint or reply.
    • Represent you in the Tribunal process.

    Visit to learn more.

    More Resources

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  • Where can I get support?

    Below we list a number of resources for those experiencing distress. This list is not exhaustive and may not include the most appropriate resource to meet your needs. If you require assistance and don’t see a program here that’s right for you, please feel free to contact our Office by emailing We strive to provide information or referrals in a timely manner to everyone who contacts us. You are also welcome to contact us to let us know of other useful resources that are not reflected in this list.

    Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

    Description: Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgmental, confidential support and follow-up through 24/7 phone lines and online services.

    Call: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)


    Description: Toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Call or text: 1-800-563-0808

    310Mental Health Support

    Description: Toll-free province-wide access to emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health, available 24/7.

    Call: 310-Mental Health (310-6789) – no need to dial an area code

    Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service

    Description: Free, confidential information and referral services to British Columbians in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs). Free, multilingual telephone assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Call: 1-800-663-1441

    KUU-US Crisis Line Society

    Description: 24-hour crisis line for Indigenous adults, elders and youth: First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples helping First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples.

    Call toll-free: 1-800-588-8717 Adults and Elders call: 250-723-4050
    Children and Youth call: 250-723-2040

    Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society

    Description: Crisis support for Survivors, families and communities, offering emotional, mental, and spiritual support, available 24/7.

    Call: 1-800-721-0066

    Islamophobia hotline

    Description: Free confidential legal advice if you feel that you have been discriminated against, harassed, or faced violence because you are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim.

    Call: 604-343-3828

    S.U.C.C.E.S.S Chinese Help Lines

    Description: Serves callers in the province of British Columbia who speak Mandarin or Cantonese.

    For Cantonese, call: 604-270-8233
    For Mandarin, call: 604-270-8222

    Prideline (Gay and Lesbian Helpline)

    Description: Peer support, information and referrals for anyone in BC, available weeknights (Monday to Friday) from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    Call: 1-800-566-1170

    Trans Lifeline

    Description: Grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis: for the trans community, by the trans community.

    Call: 1-877-330-6366

    Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) Crisis Line

    Description: Providing emotional support to women experiencing gender-based domestic violence and/or uncertainty during these difficult times. BWSS takes your calls from Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day.

    Call: 1-855-687-1868
    Text: 604-652-1867

    Seniors Distress Line

    Description: free and confidential telephone support service for seniors, their caregivers or anyone concerned about a senior. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by highly trained, non-judgmental and caring volunteers.

    Call: 604-872-1234

    Black Youth Helpline

    Description: Professional, culturally relevant youth and family assessments and intervention

    Call: 1-833 294 8650

    Native Youth Crisis Hotline

    Description: Answered by staff 24/7. Available throughout Canada and US.

    Call: 1-877-209-1266

    Kids Help Phone

    Description: Canada-wide 24-hour bilingual counselling and information services for children and youth between 5 to 20 years old. Services can be accessed via telephone, mobile app, and online.

    Call: 1-800-668-6868

  • How can I help support human rights in B.C.?

    We all have a role to play in promoting human rights in B.C. Here are some ideas for how you can help.

    Learn more

    1. Watch our Human rights 101 video and complete worksheets to learn more about human rights laws
    2. Start a conversation with Am I Racist campaign activities
    3. Read about social condition and why we think it should be protected in the Code
    4. Listen to human rights stories
    5. Invite us to speak at your event
    6. Stay up to date on human rights news


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