The Baseline Recommendations Database is a living database maintained by BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (BCOHRC) that allows you to search human rights recommendations focused on British Columbia.
This database currently contains more than 1,700 recommendations sourced from over 70 reports on human rights issues relevant to British Columbia. Each search result contains information about the recommended human rights action, the report it came from, the groups affected by the recommendation, the target audience called on to respond to the recommendation and, where relevant, the location that the recommendation refers to.
You can search for recommendations from across all reports included in the database based on key criteria, or you can opt to view all recommendations associated with a single report. The database does not contain information about the implementation status of individual recommendations. Confirmation of the implementation status of any specific recommendation is a complex process that is subject to interpretation. For information about the implementation status of any specific recommendation, we recommend you contact the organization or author responsible for the report and/or the duty bearer* or body responsible for implementing the recommendation.
*”Duty bearer” here refers to persons or organizations with particular obligations or responsibility to respect, uphold and obey human rights laws. For example, under the B.C. Human Rights Code, duty bearers include employers, landlords and service providers.
BCOHRC’s Baseline Recommendations Database is for community organizations, advocates, researchers or passionate individuals working to learn more about human rights issues in our province. This database is also for all levels of government and decision makers who can use it to see more easily what recommendations have been made in areas they are responsible for.The aim of the database is to serve as a resource that can help these groups implement recommendations and take action to move the needle forward on human rights in British Columbia.
The database currently contains recommendations sourced from reports based on the project’s inclusion and exclusion criteria. Included reports must be published after 2018 and be about human rights issues in British Columbia.
If you would like to learn more about the inclusion and exclusion criteria, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you would like to submit a publication for consideration for this database, please fill out this form and our research team will be in touch! Please note that as the database is updated quarterly, there may be some delay until you hear back from our research team.
Let us know if this database is useful to you. We constantly strive to improve based on your feedback!