40 years of human
rights in Canada
In 2017, the Commission celebrated the 40th anniversary of Parliament’s creation of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The anniversary provided an opportunity to reflect on how far Canada has come as a country in the 40 years since its people acquired a federal law to fight for their rights and seek human rights justice. The Commission also saw the anniversary as an opportunity to imagine what lies ahead for the next 40 years of human rights in Canada—and what the Commission needs to do to ensure that the Canadian Human Rights Act can be a law that protects everyone in Canada, not only today, but in years to come.