The definition of a hate crime is complex. This falls under two areas of the Criminal Code, sections 318 and 319. Not every act of discrimination can be classified as a hate crime. That doesn’t mean we can’t assist when people feel targeted by acts of discrimination.
A hate crime is a crime motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, language, colour, religion, gender, age, mental or physical ability or sexual orientation of the victim.
A hate/bias incident may include name calling, racial slurs or the distribution of material promoting prejudice, and is motivated by the same factors as hate crime. It might not necessarily fall under the Criminal Code of Canada.
We recognize the impact hate has on our community and we are committed to being part of an inclusive and welcoming community. Our community is evolving, which means more people from outside our region now call Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township home.
We want everyone to feel welcome here and to enjoy life in the north.
If you are experiencing racism or discrimination based on your ethnicity, sexual orientation or how you identify, you have options. In an emergency situation always call 911 immediately. If you have concerns or questions call our business line, 705-949-6300, and someone will talk with you about the situation.
For young people in our schools, talk with your teachers and school staff. We have Community Safety Officers in elementary and high schools. Don’t be shy, talk with them. They are there to help.
There are a number of agencies and groups that can help people familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. To learn more please visit the agencies listed below.