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  • July 18, 2008


McGuinty Government Supports Hate Crime And Extremism Investigative Team

July 18, 2008

The Ontario government is supporting the fight against hate crime in York Region through a $200,000 grant to the Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team.

The renewed funding will enable the expansion of the investigative team from 11 to 13 police services across Ontario. The funding will also support intelligence gathering and front-line training of police officers and public education on hate crimes in York Region.

"The McGuinty government is committed to tackling hate crime. I am pleased that the Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team will continue to ensure the rights and safety of York Region residents,” said Michael Chan, MPP, Markham-Unionville.

The Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative team is a network of police services who provide co-ordinated intelligence and specialized investigative support on matters involving hate propaganda, promotion of genocide, hate-motivated crimes and criminal extremism.

"Our government is investing in the Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team because hatred has no place in our communities and will not be tolerated," said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Rick Bartolucci.

The Ontario Police College will also receive $50,000 to develop a hate crime awareness and educational program for police officers.

"York Regional Police welcomes this funding announcement and will continue to work diligently with our police partners on the Hate Crime Extremism Investigative Team. Hate crimes not only hurt the community that has been targeted, but the entire community as a whole. In a region as diverse and culturally rich as ours, this type of crime will not be tolerated by the police or the community," said Chief Armand La Barge, York Regional Police.


  • The Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team was formed as a pilot project in 2003 with officers from Guelph, Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Waterloo. In 2005 and 2007, the network expanded to Toronto, Oxford and Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions. The network is now being expanded to include Stratford and Brantford.
  • In 2006, approximately six out of 10 hate crimes were motivated either by race or ethnicity.


Learn more about York Regional Police

Read the Hate Crimes Community Working Group’s report

Learn more about hate crime in Canada

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