​​​​According to Peel Police Service, Hate-Motivated Incidents are defined as:

“Incidents which involve behaviours…motivated by hate or bias against a victim’s race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability or sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or similar factor”.

When these actions are determined to be criminal offenses committed against a person or property they are then defined as Hate-Motivated Crimes.

In recent years there have been increases in hate and discrimination inflicted by individuals, groups, organizations, and/ or institutions targeting specific communities. Based on a report released by Statistics Canada , there was a 72% in police-reported hate crimes from 2019 to 2021. In 2022 Peel Regional Police ​reported that Black and South Asian communities were most targeted based on race, ethnicity or national origin and Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities were most targeted based on religion.

Even with the data available, the true number of hate-motivated incidents may be higher as different communities may be hesitant to report a crime. This may be a result of not recognizing an incident as being motivated by hate, fear of retaliation, embarrassment or humiliation, or a lack of trust and safety when interacting with the justice system.

The City of Brampton recognizes that hate and racism are complex systemic entities, and working towards a city free from both will require collaborative, community-inclusive, and steadfast approaches. The City is committed to working with residents, staff, and community organizations to learn how to identify hate and racism, support individuals and communities who have been impacted, dedicate resources to develop and implement meaningful solutions, and unify Brampton under shared values that respect and celebrate diversity and inclusion.​​​