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Members, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal,

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger and our government more effective when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is to ensure our legislation meets the highest standards of equity, fairness and respect for the rule of law.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Members (full-time and part-time positions)

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal is a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal mandated by the Canadian Human Rights Act to inquire into complaints of discrimination in the federally regulated sphere (federal government institutions and Crown corporations, First Nation governments, banks, airlines, broadcasters, interprovincial transportation and communications undertakings).The Tribunal decides whether a person or organization has engaged in a discriminatory practice under the Act.

The purpose of the Canadian Human Rights Act is to protect individuals from discrimination. It states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination. It prohibits discriminatory practices based on one or more of the following 11 prohibited grounds: race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability or conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered. The legislation identifies specific discriminatory practices in the fields of employment, the provision of goods and services, and the provision of residential and commercial accommodation.

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Members mediate and adjudicate complaints which have been referred for inquiry by the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Members are required to impartially preside over hearings across Canada, and to give all parties a full and ample opportunity to appear, present evidence, and make representations.

At the conclusion of the inquiry, Members decide whether a discriminatory practice has occurred, and if so, they determine an appropriate remedy.

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Members are also empowered to preside over review tribunals constituted pursuant to the Employment Equity Act.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal's website.

Please note that multiple part-time and full-time positions are available.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 9, 2017, via the Governor in Council website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the on-line application.

Full-time salary range: $142,800 - $168,000 (GCQ-5)

Part-time per diem: $840 (maximum of 7.5 hours per day)

Position Locations:

  • National Capital Region (full-time positions)
  • Across Canada (part-time positions)

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and job-related experience;
  • Experience, expertise and interest in and sensitivity to human rights (statutory);
  • Significant and recent work experience in assessing information, reviewing submissions and making decisions related to sensitive and complex issues;
  • Recent experience in the interpretation and application of legislation or regulations;
  • Recent experience drafting written submissions or decisions;
  • Experience as a decision-maker in a quasi-judicial environment would be considered an asset;
  • Being a member in good standing of the bar of a province or the Chambre des notaires du Québec would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience leading facilitative mediations would be considered an asset.

If you are selected for a written test and/or an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and role of the Tribunal and its members;
  • Knowledge of anti-discrimination law, including the Canadian Human Rights Act and Employment Equity Act;
  • Knowledge of the legal principles of administrative justice, especially the principles of natural justice and the legal principles in relation to quasi-judicial bodies and the Tribunal;
  • Knowledge of the law of evidence and administrative tribunal procedures;
  • Ability to think conceptually and process complex and large volumes of information to make decisions;
  • Ability to identify relevant facts and analyze information to make and write tribunal decisions;
  • Ability to impartially make timely decisions that are transparent, clear, well-reasoned and justifiable;
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently, or as part of a team;
  • Ability to exercise authority and neutrality in managing an efficient hearing process, while ensuring that each party is given a full and fair opportunity to present its case; and
  • Ability to use a computer all for communication, research and word processing (Microsoft Word), and to learn new information systems.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • Sound judgement and integrity
  • High ethical standards and fairness
  • Impartiality
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • Experience, expertise and interest in, and sensitivity to, human rights (statutory).
  • Full-time Members must devote the whole of their time to the performance of the duties (statutory).
  • Full-time Members of the Tribunal shall reside in the National Capital Region, as described in the schedule to the National Capital Act, or within forty kilometres of that Region (statutory).
  • Full-time Members must be willing to travel across Canada to attend mediations and hearings.
  • Part-time Members must not accept or hold any office or employment inconsistent with their duties (statutory).
  • Part-time Members must travel to the National Capital Region and across Canada, as required.
  • Part-time Members must work from their own office.
  • Appointments are to be made having regard to the need for regional representation in the membership of the Tribunal (statutory).

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

Full-Time Public Office Holders – You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website

Part-Time Public Office Holders – You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities. Qualified candidates will be eligible for appointment for a period of two years from the date they are notified in writing.