BC Human Rights Tribunal

An independent provincial body created by the BC Human Rights Code. The tribunal is responsible for accepting, screening, mediating, and settle human rights complaints. The tribunal offers parties the opportunity to try to resolve the complaint through mediation. If the parties don’t resolve the complaint, the tribunal holds a hearing.


BC Review Board

The British Columbia Review Board is an independent tribunal established under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Review Board has ongoing jurisdiction to hold hearings to make and review dispositions (orders) where individuals charged with criminal offenses have been given verdicts of not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder or unfit to stand trial on account of mental disorder, by a court. It is the responsibility of the Review Board to protect public safety while also safeguarding the rights and freedoms of mentally disordered persons who are alleged to have committed an offence.

Canada Border Services Agency

Ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada. The agency is responsible for providing integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities and facilitates the free flow of persons and goods, including animals and plants that meet all requirements under the program legislation.


Canadian Forces Grievance Board

The Canadian Forces Grievance Board provides an independent and external review of military grievances referred to it under s. 29 of the National Defence Act and provides findings and recommendations to the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Canadian Forces member who submitted the grievance.


Regulatory Agency

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The Canadian Human Rights Act states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination. The Canadian Human Rights Commission is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act. Both laws ensure that the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination are followed in all areas of federal jurisdiction.


Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

The Canadian Human Rights Act states that all individuals should have an opportunity equal with other individuals to make for themselves the lives that they are able and wish to have and to have their needs accommodated, consistent with their duties and obligations as members of society, without being hindered in or prevented from doing so by discriminatory practices. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal applies this principle to cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission.


Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP

The Commission for Public Complaints is an independent agency, established to receive and review complaints about the conduct of RCMP members in the performance of their duties. It acts as a third party and is not part of the RCMP. The commission examines complaints fairly and impartially, and makes unbiased findings. Its recommendations are aimed at identifying, correcting and preventing problems in policing.

Regulatory Agency

Elections Canada

Elections Canada is the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums.


Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The Board is Canada’s largest independent administrative tribunal. Its mission is to resolve immigration and refugee cases efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The Board hears refugee protection claims and appeals of those decisions, immigration detention and inadmissibility to Canada allegations, and immigration appeals.


Military Police Complaints Commission

The Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) is a federal independent body established by Parliament. The MPCC was created to make the handling of complaints concerning the Military Police more transparent and accessible, and to ensure that both complainants and members of the Military Police are dealt with fairly and impartially.

Regulatory Agency

Office of the Commissioner of the Official Languages

The Office ensures that federal institutions and other organizations subject to the Official Languages Act administer their affairs according to the spirit and the letter of the Act. It investigates complaints and recommends appropriate corrective measures for issues brought against federal institutions and other organizations.

Office of the Information Commissioner

The Office of the Information Commissioner investigates complaints from people who believe they have been denied rights under the Access to Information Act – Canada’s freedom of information legislation. The Information Commissioner has strong investigative powers and mediates between dissatisfied applicants and government institutions.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner protects and promotes the privacy rights of individuals. It oversees compliance with both the Privacy Act, which covers the personal information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s private sector privacy law.



Parole Board of Canada

The Parole Board of Canada makes independent, quality conditional release and record suspension decisions and clemency recommendations. The Board contributes to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the timely reintegration of offenders as law-abiding citizens.


Security Intelligence and Review Committee

The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) is an independent, external review body that reports to the Parliament of Canada on the operations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Parliament has given CSIS extraordinary powers to intrude on the privacy of individuals. SIRC ensures that these powers are used legally and appropriately, in order to protect Canadians’ rights and freedoms.


Veterans Review and Appeal Board

The Veterans Review and Appeal Board supports Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members, and their families in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to for service-related disabilities. The Board provides an independent avenue of appeal for disability benefits decisions made by Veterans Affairs Canada. This program gives applicants two levels of redress for disability pension and disability award decisions and the final level of appeal for War Veterans Allowance claims.