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Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

 

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is a CRIMINAL OFFENCE.


A crime is considered a hate crime when, it is motivated or suspected to be motivated by hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other similar factor.

Hate crime examples

  • To physically attack a person because of the color of his or her skin.
  • Uttering threats towards a person because of their religion confession.
  • Vandalize a home or another place of interest (ex. place of worship) with anti-Semitic graffiti.

What to do?

As a citizen, it is important to denounce these acts, in order to counter this types of crimes.

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

  • Call 911 immediately in the case of an emergency.
  • Or go to your neighborhood police station (Find my local police station).
  • Report the hate crime to the police, while providing the officer with the maximum amount of information as possible: the words spoken by the suspect as well as any indications or information that confirms the heinous nature of the crime.
  • Report the event anonymously and confidentially to Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or via the form available on the website infocrimemontreal.ca


What is a hate crime?

A hate incident is a NON CRIMINAL ACT.

A hate incident is considered hateful when is it motivated or suspected of being motivated by hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, color, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other similar factor. This act may affect the sentiment of security of an individual or an identifiable group of people.

Hate incident examples

  • The distribution of offensive and unsetting materials targeting an ethnic group.
  • Committing a vexatious act against a person due to his or her sexual orientation.

What to do?

As a citizen, it's important to denounce these incidents.

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

  • Call 911 immediately in the case of an emergency.
  • Or go to your neighborhood police station (Find my local police station)
  • Report the hate incident to the police, while providing the officer with the maximum amount of information possible: the words spoken by the suspect, as well as any indications or information that confirms the heinous nature of the incident.
  • Report the event anonymously and confidentially to Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133 or via the form available on the website infocrimemontreal.ca

You can also report a hate incident online, by clicking on the button below.

Report a hate incident

 

DOCUMENTS

 

To learn more about hate crimes and hate incidents, you may consult this leaflet.

To print or read the document, click on the image.

This leaflet is also available in :

Arabic (PDF)

French (PDF)

Japaneese (PDF)

Korean (PDF)

Mandarin (PDF)

Russian (PDF)

Tagalog (PDF)

Ukrainian (PDF)

Vietnamese (PDF)

You may also print this poster by clicking on the image.

It is suggested to prominently place the poster in a visible area to raise awareness in your community about the importance of recognizing and denouncing hate crimes and hate incidents.

It is best to print the poster in color.

This poster is also available in: French (PDF)