Information Pamphlet

Human Rights Maturity Model

This document is also available in pdf format.

Canada’s top employers all have one thing in common:

o   a respectful workplace culture.

Are you ready to begin your journey? Start your self-assessment today!

The Human Rights Maturity Model Builds on Five Key Elements

o   Leadership and Accountability

o   Communication and Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Human Rights Maturity Model?

    The Human Rights Maturity Model (the Model) is a management tool to guide organizations as they develop a culture of human rights. The Model helps them assess their organizational “maturity” by looking at their own human rights processes, practices, and capacity. It provides guidance in creating a self-sustaining and mature human rights culture.


The Human Rights Maturity Model (the Model) is the result of a collaborative initiative between the Canadian Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and organizations within the private and public sectors. The Model benefited from the guidance and commitment of all parties which provided a forum for advising on content, development and continuous improvement.

The Commission thanks all who assisted in the development of the Model which included representation from various organizations:

The Model – How it Works

The Human Rights Maturity Model (the Model) is an easy-to-use process that helps organizations create and sustain an environment where human rights are fully integrated into daily practice. The Model helps organizations create and sustain a workplace culture based on equality, dignity and respect. It is a step-by-step process that improves an organization’s capacity to prevent and address human rights-related issues.

WetKit Demo

Web Experience Toolkit (WET)

Web Experience Toolkit (WET) includes reusable components for building and maintaining innovative Web sites that are accessible, usable, and interoperable. These reusable components are open source software and free for use by departments and external Web communities.

The toolkit complies with the new Standards on Web Accessibility and Web Usability; the toolkit will also ease compliance with the upcoming Standard Web Interoperability. WET is highly recommended for use on Government of Canada Websites.