hate crime

The Policing Standards of Ontario define Hate/Bias crime as “a criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated solely, or in part, by the suspect’s Hate/Bias against a person’s race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability group, age or gender.”

In the Criminal Code of Canada, Hate Crimes are separated into two distinct categories:

  1. Hate / Bias – any criminal offence where there is evidence to support that hate or bias were a motivation for the crime.

  2. Hate Propoganda – such as advocating genocide; public incitement of hatred or willful promotion of hatred. In cases of Public Incitement of Hatred, there are four main elements: a person communicates a statement; in a public place; incites hatred against an identifiable group; in such a way that there will likely be a breach of the peace.

The RCMP publishes course materials for schools to help students combat hate crimes.

To report hate crimes, contact your local police department or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

You can also Submit a Tip on this website by clicking on the link at the top of the page.