Canada regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Canada's hate crime laws are a combination of a substantive offence and a general penalty-enhancement provision. Police-reported hate crime data are collected by Statistics Canada, the national statistical agency. Hate crime statistics are regularly published. Canada conducts regular victimization surveys to measure unreported hate crime.


Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 1798 - -
2017 2073 Not available Not available
2016 1409 Not available Not available
2015 1362 Not available Not available
2014 1295 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

This data indicates the number of criminal incidents recorded by police in 2018.

National developments

At the Ministry of Public Safety Canada, the Communities at Risk Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) supports projects to help communities with a demonstrated history of hate crime victimization to enhance their security infrastructure.

The Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence within the Ministry of Public Safety Canada administers the Ministry's Community Resilience Fund, which has been used to support research into hate speech, hate incidents and radicalization, and to develop effective prevention methods.

As part of Canada's Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence, federal government has funded preventative bullying and cyberbullying initiatives aimed at preventing anti-LGBTI hate crimes.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been implementing federally funded cultural competency training for law enforcement officers that they can apply when managing hate crime cases.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that Canada has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases and information on the sentencing of hate crime cases.