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Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

Hate crimes and hate incidents - what is the difference?


According to the Uniform Crime Reporting, a hate crime is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE motivated or suspected to be motivated by hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, gender identity, expression or sexual orientation or any other similar factor.

Hate Crime Examples (PDF) 

If you are a victim or a witness of a hate crime, you must immediately call 911.


A hate incident is a NON CRIMINAL ACT that may affect the sense of security of a person or an identifiable group of people and given the context, is perceived as such by reason of race, national or ethical origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or an inability, among others. 

Hate Incident Examples (PDF)

File a report

Once your report has been submitted, a temporary case file number will automatically be sent to you by email. All communications will be completed electronically. Your report will be revised and, if any changes are required, a modification request will be sent to you. Once the report is corrected and approved, you will receive an official incident number by email as well as a copy of the report in PDF format. 

Please make sure that you have a valid email address as well as the date and the location where the event took place.


The following document is a reference to learn more about hate crimes and hate incidents. 
To print the document, click on the image.

Mandarin version (PDF)

Vietnamese version (PDF)

You may also print this poster by clicking on the image. It is suggested to place the poster prominently in a visible area to help raise awareness in your community about the importance of recognizing and denouncing these situations.

It is best to print this poster in color.