Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Relations Section


The VPD is committed to making the city of Vancouver safe for everyone, and we encourage victims and witnesses to report crime. We know that some people may be hestitant to make a police report for different reasons, including their immigration status. Please see our VPD Guidelines regarding witnesses, victims, or complainants who may be concerned about the disclosure of their immigration status.

Q. What is a hate crime?

Section 718.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada designates crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hate towards a victim’s race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, or on any other similar factor, as crimes that should be deemed to have aggravating circumstances. This section pertains to the sentencing of offenders who have been found to commit crimes as a result of bias, prejudice or hate towards the victim.

Q. What is hate propaganda?

Two sections in the Criminal Code of Canada deal with hate propaganda:

Section 318 – Advocating genocide

This section describes the offence of advocating or promoting genocide. Genocide is the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, any identifiable group by:

  • killing members of the group; or
  • deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.

An identifiable group means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability.

Section 319 (1) - Public incitement of hatred

Every one who, by communicating statements in any public place, incites hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.

Section 319 (2) - Wilful promotion of hatred

Every one who, by communicating statements, other than in private conversation, wilfully promotes hatred against any identifiable group.

Q. What is the definition of mischief to religious property?

Section 430(4.1) of the Criminal Code of Canada is used to specifically address crimes against places of worship. This section is worded as such:

Every one who commits mischief in relation to property that is a building, structure or part thereof that is primarily used for religious worship, including a church, mosque, synagogue or temple, or an object associated with religious worship located in or on the grounds of such a building or structure, or a cemetery, if the commission of the mischief is motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.

VPD Victim Services

VPD Victim Services staff are not police officers. They are civilian employees with specialized training in emotional support, crisis intervention, and communication skills, and with education in areas such as psychology and social work.

Staff are available to provide free and confidential support to victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime and trauma.



Hate Crimes Investigator

Hate Crime investigator Detective Constable Jacquie Abbott can be reached at 604-717-9993 or by email at jacqueline.abbott@

*Not monitored 24/7

Report a Hate Crime

If you have experienced hate, prejudice or bias because of your ethnicity, please report it to the Vancouver Police Department by calling 604-717-3321.

If you fear for your immediate safety, please call 9-1-1.


VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@

They provide information and referrals to all victims of crime, and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.

VictimLinkBC provides service in up to 150 languages, including many North American Indigenous languages.