Canadian Human Rights Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-6)

Act current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2014-06-26. Previous Versions

Powers, Duties and Functions

Marginal note:Powers, duties and functions
  •  (1) In addition to its duties under Part III with respect to complaints regarding discriminatory practices, the Commission is generally responsible for the administration of this Part and Parts I and III and

    • (a) shall develop and conduct information programs to foster public understanding of this Act and of the role and activities of the Commission thereunder and to foster public recognition of the principle described in section 2;

    • (b) shall undertake or sponsor research programs relating to its duties and functions under this Act and respecting the principle described in section 2;

    • (c) shall maintain close liaison with similar bodies or authorities in the provinces in order to foster common policies and practices and to avoid conflicts respecting the handling of complaints in cases of overlapping jurisdiction;

    • (d) shall perform duties and functions to be performed by it pursuant to any agreement entered into under subsection 28(2);

    • (e) may consider such recommendations, suggestions and requests concerning human rights and freedoms as it receives from any source and, where deemed by the Commission to be appropriate, include in a report referred to in section 61 reference to and comment on any such recommendation, suggestion or request;

    • (f) shall carry out or cause to be carried out such studies concerning human rights and freedoms as may be referred to it by the Minister of Justice and include in a report referred to in section 61 a report setting out the results of each such study together with such recommendations in relation thereto as it considers appropriate;

    • (g) may review any regulations, rules, orders, by-laws and other instruments made pursuant to an Act of Parliament and, where deemed by the Commission to be appropriate, include in a report referred to in section 61 reference to and comment on any provision thereof that in its opinion is inconsistent with the principle described in section 2; and

    • (h) shall, so far as is practical and consistent with the application of Part III, try by persuasion, publicity or any other means that it considers appropriate to discourage and reduce discriminatory practices referred to in sections 5 to 14.1.

  • Marginal note:Guidelines

    (2) The Commission may, on application or on its own initiative, by order, issue a guideline setting out the extent to which and the manner in which, in the opinion of the Commission, any provision of this Act applies in a class of cases described in the guideline.

  • Marginal note:Guideline binding

    (3) A guideline issued under subsection (2) is, until it is revoked or modified, binding on the Commission and any member or panel assigned under subsection 49(2) with respect to the resolution of a complaint under Part III regarding a case falling within the description contained in the guideline.

  • Marginal note:Publication

    (4) Each guideline issued under subsection (2) shall be published in Part II of the Canada Gazette.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-6, s. 27;
  • 1998, c. 9, s. 20.