Human rights are never more important than in times of crisis. It is precisely when human rights are the hardest to fulfill that they are the most important. It is in these challenging times that it becomes critical for us all to know our human rights, to understand the scope of our protections in B.C. and to place human rights at the centre of our decision making.
In alignment with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, we urge British Columbians to keep human rights principles at the core of our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Our human rights are protected – and our responsibilities outlined – by the BC Human Rights Code, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international human rights treaties.
BC's Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) would like to hear from you about how your human rights are being impacted as health and safety measures unfold over the next weeks. Here is a short survey for you to tell us about how your human rights are being affected by the COVID-19 health issue.
Please note, we are collecting this information to inform the Human Rights Commissioner's policy and advocacy response to this unfolding situation. Our office is not able to take up or resolve individual human rights complaints as this is the mandate of the BC Human Rights Tribunal. If you would like to file a complaint with the Tribunal their contact information is here.
Here are some examples of ways that your human rights may be impacted during this time (please see our statement for more detailed information about how human rights protections apply during this time):
Not having access to accurate, up-to-date public health information because that information is not accessible to you due to a disability
Not being able to practice social distancing or self-isolation because you live in inadequate housing
Being turned away from work because of an unsubstantiated fear you may have COVID-19, without adequate efforts to accommodate your needs
Being unable to afford supplies needed for recommended cleaning and distancing practices
Being turned away from a grocery store because of an unsubstantiated fear that you may have COVID-19, without adequate efforts to accommodate your needs
Data being submitted via this form is solely for the purpose of informing the Commission's policy and advocacy work. If you have any questions about how your data will be used please feel free to contact our Privacy Officer at email@example.com or 778-698-9125.
There are 5 questions in this survey.