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In Canada, a hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person, group of people or property that is motivated by the suspect's hate, prejudice or bias, based on race, colour, national or ethnic origin, language, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation. If you are a victim of a hate crime, or have witnessed a hate crime, help is available through victim services and other resources.
Note: Hate/Bias incidents are actions that are not criminal in nature but may be covered by the Canadian Human Rights Act.
VictimLink BC is a toll-free 24/7 information and support line that provides information and referrals to all victims of crime, and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including sexual assault, violence in relationships, elder abuse, and adult survivors of physical or sexual abuse. VictimLink BC provides service in 110 languages, including 17 North American Aboriginal languages.
B.C. Hate Crime Team
The B.C. Hate Crime Team tracks and follows up on reports of hate crimes, coordinating with local police as appropriate. People may call to obtain general information or to speak to police about a hate incident.
Qmunity Resource Centre
For hate crimes that relate to sexual orientation, Qmunity Resource Centre, can provide counselling, resources, programs and peer support. Qmunity also operates Prideline, a peer support, information and referral helpline.
Crime Victim Assistance Program
Crime Victim Assistance Program provides financial benefits to assist victims, immediate family members, and witnesses in dealing with the affects of violent crime.
B.C. Human Rights Coalition
BC Human Rights Coalition is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote human rights and prevent discrimination through advocacy, education and law reform.
B.C Human Rights Tribunal
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal is responsible for accepting, screening, mediating and adjudicating human rights complaints.
HealthLinkBC is a gateway to non-emergency health information and services. A phone service, website and print resource provides an expanded health navigation system, access to advice from healthcare professionals and enables community members to look up symptoms and services.