FAQs: Statistics


  1. How many complaints does the Commission open and close per year?

    In 2015-16, the Commission opened 821 complaint files.
    In 2015-16, the Commission closed 766 complaint files.

  2. Has the number of complaints opened, changed over the years?

    In 2015-16, the number of complaint files opened was 821. This compares to 853 files opened in 2014-15 and 786 in 2013-14.

  3. How many complaints are made on the basis of a particular ground?

    You can read the most recent statistics.

  4. What are the most commonly cited areas in human rights complaints?

    As in previous years, in 2015-16, most complaints cited discrimination in the area of employment practices, followed by discrimination in the area of publicly available goods, services, accommodation or facilities. You can read the most recent statistics.

  5. What are the most commonly cited grounds in human rights complaints?

    In 2015-16, physical disability and gender were the two most commonly cited grounds, followed by mental disability and ancestry/origin.

  6. How many complaints are referred to a tribunal per year?

    In 2015-16, 711 complaints (93% of all closed files) were dealt with though the Commission's complaint resolution and settlement process. The remaining 55 files (seven per cent) that closed in 2015-16 closed through the tribunal process. The tribunal process is independent from the work of the Commission staff in resolving and settling complaints. Members of the Commission are appointed by Order in Council, and are assigned to independent human rights tribunals by the Chief of the Commission and Tribunals.

Revised: November 30, 2016



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