How to Apply for Representation

The BC Human Rights Clinic

Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Tel: 604-622-1100
Fax: 604-685-7611
Toll Free: 1-855-685-7611 

email : intakeBCHRC@clasbc.net

 IMPORTANT NOTICE TO COMPLAINANTS 

30 DAY TIME LIMIT TO APPLY FOR REPRESENTATION FROM THE BC HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC 

In order to be eligible to apply for representation applicants must:

  1. Have filed a human rights complaint with the BC Human Rights Tribunal 
  2. Have received a letter of acceptance from the BC Human Rights Tribunal that clearly states, "The BC Human Rights Tribunal has accepted this complaint for filing... " 
  3. Have applied to us within 30 days of receiving the letter of acceptance from the BC Human Rights Tribunal
  4. Meet the intake criteria established by the BC Ministry of Justice

To apply for representation with the BC Human Rights Clinic applicants must send us copies of the following documents:

  1. A completed BC Human Rights Clinic Application Form 
  2. The BC Human Rights Tribunal Form 1 - Complaint Form filed with the BC Human Rights Tribunal (10 Pages) 
  3. The letter of acceptance from the BC Human Rights Tribunal 
  4. All Amendment Forms you may have been required to complete to make changes to your Form 1- Complaint Form 
  5. All letters and documents you may have received from the BC Human Rights Tribunal, and the Respondent(s) named in your complaint.

If any of the above listed documents are missing from your application for representation, this will delay the time it will take for the Intake Committee to determine whether you are eligible to receive representation. Please ensure that your application is complete and is not missing any of the above documents before sending it to our office. 

IMPORTANT: If you receive any new correspondence or documents from the Tribunal and the Respondent(s) after you have submitted your application to our office for review, please ensure that you forward a copy of ALL new documents received to our Intake Committee as soon as possible. This includes any new correspondence or documents you have submitted to the Tribunal and the Respondent(s) after you have submitted your application to our office.

The BC Human Rights Clinic is operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society and funded by the BC Ministry of Justice. The Clinic provides free representation to complainants who have cases before the BC Human Rights Tribunal on a province-wide basis. If accepted, you will be assigned an Advocate to assist you through the early stages of your complaint. Advocates will advise you as to the Tribunal process, work with you to develop and prepare required documentation (including on any preliminary applications), deal with deadlines, and represent you at any settlement meetings.

Although most cases settle, should the matter not settle or be dismissed on a preliminary basis, a lawyer will be assigned to work with and represent you through all remaining stages of the proceedings, including with respect to preparation for and attendance at any hearing.

Please note that it may take one to two weeks to review your file at the intake stage. Please send all documents to:

Attention: INTAKE
BC Human Rights Clinic
Suite 300 - 1140 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1
Tel: 604-622-1100
Fax: 604-685-7611
Toll Free: 1-855-685-6222

Email: intakebchrc@clasbc.net

It generally takes the Intake Committee 1-2 weeks to review your application for representation and to notify you in writing of the outcome of their decision. Representation is not guaranteed.