Archived Publications

October, 2008

Are you an employer? Would you like to create a work environment that supports the health and well-being of all employees? Would you like to improve your workplace so that it is more accommodating to employees dealing with mental illness? This policy outlines the accommodation process and helps managers and supervisors take proactive steps to ensure employees dealing with mental illness are offered appropriate accommodation.

January, 2001

Are you an employer? Would you like to prevent and eliminate employment challenges that minority groups might be facing in your organization? This policy explains the principles and criteria that must be followed in order to implement a special programs policy in your workplace.

December, 2003

What changes need to be made so that the human rights of women in the correctional system are respected? This report focuses on the needs of federally sentenced women, and looks at two basic Canadian constitutional ideals: the protection of individual rights and the entitlement to equality.

March, 2011

The Report on Plans and Priorities is an expenditure plan that provides a detailed overview of the Commission’s main priorities over a three-year period. These priorities are divided by strategic outcome, program activities, and planned and expected results. The Report on Plans and Priorities also provides details on human resource requirements, major capital projects, grants and contributions, and net program costs.

July, 2010

What is meant by gender equality? How can one balance gender equality with First Nations traditional cultures? This report looks at the principle of gender equality and how section 1.2 of the Canadian Human Rights Act gives “due regard to First Nations legal traditions and customary laws.” The report examines how the principle of gender equality could affect the interpretation and application of section 1.2 of the Act.

January, 2008

In June 2008, Parliament removed section 67 from the Canadian Human Rights Act. This gave people governed by the Indian Act full access to human rights law in Canada. But how did this legislative change come to be? In this 2008 report, the Commission urgently calls on Parliament to remove section 67 from the Canadian Human Rights Act. The report also offers some suggested principles that might be taken into account when First Nations communities build their own process for resolving conflicts.

April, 2012

What are the Commission’s primary concerns with the use of solitary confinement and the condition of prisoners with mental disabilities? Does the prison system adversely affect vulnerable groups, such as women, sexual minorities, Aboriginal peoples and African Canadians? This report outlines these issues and provides several recommendations.

January, 2012

What human rights issues must Aboriginal peoples in Canada overcome? What human rights issues are of particular concern to the Commission? This report highlights the persistent and growing gap in the well-being of Aboriginal peoples, compared to the broader Canadian population. It also highlights other human rights issues such as the overrepresentation of African-Canadians in penitentiaries.

April, 2003

What role did the Commission play throughout the debate on same sex marriage? How did same sex marriage come to be protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act? This submission analyzes same-sex civil marriage through the prism of human rights. More specifically, it looks at the prohibitions of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and discrimination on the grounds of religious freedom.

March, 2009

Is profiling an acceptable method for maintaining national security? How effective is profiling? Does is it breach any human rights? This report examines various profiling methods and the extent to which their role in national security is justified.