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Canadian Human Rights Commission fonds [textual record]. 


[ca. 1977-1994]

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

ca. 267 m of textual records

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by the Canadian Human Rights Commission and its predecessors. Researchers are cautioned that unprocessed records in other media are not reflected in this description.

Textual records
32: Restricted by law
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Finding aids are available. See lower level descriptions and accession records in ArchiviaNet (the NA website). (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

The Canadian Human Rights Commission was established in 1977 following the passage of the Canadian Human Rights Act (1976-1977, c. 33, s.1), and began its operations in 1978. The Commission is responsible for discouraging and reducing discriminatory practices in areas of federal jurisdiction, for promoting a better understanding of the Canadian Human Rights Act, and for providing an effective and timely means for resolving individual complaints. In addition, the Commission undertakes research and special studies on human rights issues, and acts in concert with similar provincial bodies to foster common policies and practices. Although independent of the federal government, the Commission reports to Parliament through the Minister of Justice.

Up to 1983, as per Part IV of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the Privacy Commissioner was part of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. With the passing of the Privacy Act in 1983, the Canadian Human Rights Commission underwent changes. Part IV of the Canadian Human Rights Act was repealed and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, independent of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, was created.

The Commission currently consists of six branches (Legal Services, Anti-Discrimination Programs, Employment Equity, Policy and Liaison, Human Rights Promotion, and Corporate and Personnel Services) as well as the Office of the Secretary General and the Executive Secretariat. In addition to its Ottawa headquarters, the Commission maintains regional offices at Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Additional information

Source of title
SC, 1976-1977, c. 33, s. 1

Further accruals are expected.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 96/024
2. 1994-95/583 GAD
3. OFRC#89-232a OFRC
4. 122-000583-5
5. 2000-00872-0
6. RG148