Hate Crime and Violence Prevention

What is hate crime?

Hate Crime is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE committed against a person or property that is based upon the victim's race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor.

What is hate propaganda?

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, there are two types of hate propaganda.

Advocating genocide

This offence is committed when someone supports or promotes genocide. Genocide is the intent to destroy in whole or in part, any identifiable group.

Specifically: Killing members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring out its physical destruction

An 'identifiable group' means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion or ethnic origin.

Public incitement of hatred

This offence is committed when a person communicates statements in a public place, and incites hatred against an identifiable group that is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.

This offence is also committed when someone communicates statements, other than in a private conversation, that willfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group.

"Communication' includes: words spoken, recorded electronically or otherwise, gestures, signs or other visible representations.

If you are a victim of hate crime

  • Stay Calm
  • Keep all relevant material
  • Record all information regarding the incident
  • Call the Police immediately!

The Waterloo Regional Police Service has dedicated resources committed to investigating hate crimes in our Region.  We understand the impact that these crimes have on our community and we are committed to public awareness and education.  

We are committed to working with our partners to ensure that everyone feels safe and included in our community.


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