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Hate Crimes

A hate motivated crime is a criminal offense motivated or suspected to be motivated by hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

Some examples of hate crimes:

  • You are attacked and homophobic comments are directed at you
  • Your home or other place of interest (ex.: place of worship), is vandalized by anti-semitic or other type of hate graffiti (Section 430 (4.1) of the Criminal Code)
  • You are the victim of any other crime motivated or suspected to be motivated by hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor

Lastly, Section 718.2 a) (i) of the Criminal Code provides for increased sentencing for crimes motivated by hate.

What to do?

As a member of society, we stress the importance of reporting these types of acts in order to fight this type of crime.

If you are a victim of or witness to a hate crime, you can:

  • Call 911
  • Report the hate crime to the Police and provide the officers with all the information you can:
    • what the aggressor said, as well as any indication or information to confirm that this was a hate crime
  • Report an activity anonymously to Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133
  • Contact the Crime victims' assistance centre (CAVAC), at 1 866 532-2822
  • Contact the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse du Québec, at 514 873-5146
  • Ensure follow-up with a community representative from your local Police Department
  • Contact the Centre de référence du Grand Montréal at 514 527-1375

The impact

For the victim:

  • Humiliation
  • Negative impact on self-esteem and human dignity
  • Degree of violence is often greater than for any other type of crime
  • Fear of being recognized and that another incident will happen again
  • Isolation

For the community:

  • The feeling of safety of the community members involved may be affected
  • The overall community is affected
  • Hate crimes negatively impact our multicultural society

Hate incident

A hate incident is a non criminal act that may affect the sense of safety of a person or an identifiable group of people and that, given the context, is perceived as such by reason of race, national or ethical origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or an inability, especially. 

The SPVM has an online form that enables you to report all hate incidents.

Hate incident resources:
Human Rights Commission
Telephone: 1 800 361-6477

Centre for prevention of radicalization leading to violence
Telephone: 514-687-7141 or 1-877-687-7141


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