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Canadian Human Rights Commission confirms closure and expansion

The Canadian Human Rights Commission confirms that it is closing 3 regional offices but a spokesman says that does not mean the Commission is reducing its service levels to Canadians, calling it instead an internal reorganization to offer better service.

Three offices, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax will close and three regional managers will be laid off but those savings will allow for five front line staff to be added to other offices such as Edmonton and Montreal. The offices that will close were mainly outreach centres says the spokesman with all complaints from individuals eventually being handled by head office.

The CHRC is in the middle of changing the way they work from a complaints driven process to a proactive approach that seeks to foster a “culture of human rights” within stakeholder groups such as federally regulated workplaces.

Brian Lilley is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for radio stations Newstalk 1010 in Toronto and CJAD 800 in Montreal. Follow Brian on Twitter to get the latest as it happens.

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