The BC Human Rights Code

The BC Human Rights Code can be found here.

Under the BC Human Rights Code, people are protected from discrimination in five areas of daily life. These areas are:

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Services
  • Membership in unions and associations
  • Publications

In each of the areas listed above, people are protected from discrimination based on personal characteristics. The protected characteristics vary slightly for each area of daily life. Personal characteristics that appear in some or all of the categories are:

  • Race
  • Sex
  • Marital status
  • Colour
  • Gender identity or expression
  • Family status 
  • Ancestry 
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Place of origin 
  • Physical disability
  • Mental disability 
  • Political belief
  • Religion 
  • Summary or criminal conviction

For more information on what each personal characteristic comprises, visit the BC Human Rights Clinic's website.