Ontario Fights Against Hate Crime And Extremism
McGuinty Government Aids Police and Community Efforts to Combat Hate
Ontario is supporting the fight against hate crime and extremism to ensure diverse and safe communities.
With support from the Province, the Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team (HCEIT) is leading this effort. The HCEIT is a network of 13 police services which co-ordinates intelligence gathering for police and provides specialized support on investigations into hate-motivated crimes.
The province will also provide support for community efforts to fight hate crimes across the province under its Safer and Vital Communities Grant program. Community groups were invited to apply with anti-hate projects which will be announced in the fall.
Ontario is home to one of the most diverse populations in the world and welcomes people from every walk of life. Part of the McGuinty government's plan is to ensure that Ontarians can live together in harmony, embrace their different beliefs and cultures which makes Ontario the best place to live and work in the world.
- Since 2003, The McGuinty government has provided the financial support to establish and maintain HCEIT.
- The HCEIT was formed as a pilot project in 2003 with officers from Guelph, Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Waterloo. Since then, the network has expanded to include Durham, Halton, Oxford, Toronto, York Region, Peel Region, Stratford and Brantford.
- The HCEIT works closely with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and Canada Border Services Agency. The team has produced some 2,000 intelligence reports for these partners.
- Ontario made the most comprehensive changes to the human rights system in 2008 which has already led to tangible results, including 80 percent of court cases resolved within one year.
“We are committed to a tolerant, diverse and prosperous Ontario. Supporting vulnerable communities in fighting hate crime will help achieve that goal.”
“We are pleased to accept this funding from the Province of Ontario. York Regional Police remains vigilant in our fight against prejudice, discrimination and hate in any form. These kinds of crimes not only hurt the community that has been targeted, it hurts us all. We will continue to use every available resource to bring those who spread hate to justice.”