Working Together

CASHRA brings member agencies together to improve and promote human rights in Canada. Our member agencies share a mandate of protecting human rights across Canada. Our work together on public education, addressing systemic discrimination, and promoting best practices benefits each member agency and advances human rights.

Public Education Projects

CASHRA provides opportunities for members to exchange information about human rights laws in Canada. We also undertake public education projects that advocate for human rights in Canada and abroad.

National Conference

CASHRA hosts regular national human rights conferences. The conferences bring human rights professionals from Commissions, government as well as from the private and non-profit sectors to participate in discussions and workshops that focus on human rights protection and promotion.

Upcoming Events

CASHRA Right to Read Learning Event

On October 3, 2019, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) announced a public inquiry into human rights issues that affect students with reading disabilities in Ontario’s public education system. The report of the Right to Read inquiry, which focused on early reading skills, highlights how learning to read is not a privilege but a basic and essential human right. The report and complementary information can be found here.

Human rights commissions are increasingly turning to inquiries to shed light on human rights issues. We welcome you to join us on Monday, September 26, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST for a virtual presentation about the OHRC’s experience with the Right to Read inquiry as well as other jurisdictions’ inquiry experiences thus far. You will get an inside look at leading practices surrounding inquiries and learn about the types of inquiries taking place in other jurisdictions. A question-and-answer period will follow.


  • Raj Dhir, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Nika Farahani, Counsel at Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Karen Sharma, A/Executive Director of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission

The presentation will be bilingual and is open to the general public.

Please RSVP by September 18 by writing to Arlette Boghoskhan at A link to the Zoom live broadcast will be provided prior to the event.

A Shared Responsibility

CASHRA’s main purpose is to establish an effective communications link between Canadian federal, provincial and territorial agencies working  to combat discrimination. By making best practices on available across jurisdictions member organizations are better able to carry forward their task of protecting and promoting human rights and the essential human dignity of all persons in this country.


The Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) was established in 1972 as a network of  federal, provincial and territorial human rights commissions. Commissions are “arm’s-length” statutory agencies charged with administering human rights legislation through public education, research, policy development, communications, and formal complaint processes.