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Hate and Bias Motivated Crime

Hate has no place in our communities.

The Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) encourages residents to report any incident that is motivated by hate or bias. Allegations or reports that a person has been targeted based on their race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other similar factor will be thoroughly investigated. 

The LPS appreciates your cooperation in helping to eliminate these types of incidents from our communities.

There is no such thing as a Hate Crime in the Criminal Code of Canada. There are only four offences in the Code that specifically pertain to hate; they fall under the Hate-Propaganda section and they are as follows:

There are many offences the public often refer to as Hate Crimes, however police refer to these as Hate-Motivated or Bias-Motivated Crimes.

Investigations involving these crimes are complex and it's important the public understands this difficult and sometimes confusing topic.

In order for police to lay a Hate-Motivated or Bias-Motivated criminal charge, there are two things that must first occur:

  • A criminal offence must have occurred (e.g. an assault, damage to property, uttering threats etc.)
  • Hate or Bias toward a victim must have motivated the criminal offence (e.g. because of the victim's race, nationality, ethnic original, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation etc.)

Criminal offences include deliberate property damage, hate-filled graffiti, assaults, criminal harassment, or threats to cause injury or death. Hateful speech delivered on social media, in posters, and other literature may also be hate-motivated crime, if the communication targets an identifiable group and actively promotes hatred against that group.

Police must balance Constitutional Rights with the Criminal Code of Canada which makes investigations very complicated.

The following is a list of Criminal Code Charges that require consent before charges are laid:

Community Supports

Every person has the right to feel safe in our community. Victims of hate or bias motivated crimes are encouraged to contact the Lethbridge Police Service.

The following is a list of local support services and resources in for victims of hate or bias motivated crimes:


Lethbridge Police Service
135 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0A1

Non-Emergency Phone: 403-328-4444
General Inquiries Phone: 403-327-2210
Email: General Inquiries
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