Hate Crime

The Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) Hate Crime Unit investigates offences against people or property motivated in whole or part by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, language, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, or any other similar factor.

The SPS utilizes a multi-layered approach to these offences including investigative, community outreach, intelligence gathering and analysis, and education. The Hate Crime Unit has a dedicated sergeant who utilizes the expertise of other areas of the police service to ensure thorough investigation of reported incidents.

Reporting Hate-Motivated Offences

Victims of hate motivated offences are often reluctant to report to police for a variety of reasons, including fear of retaliation, language or cultural barriers, or a perception of the importance of an incident. However, it is crucial to the safety of all citizens that all incidents of hate be investigated, in order to send a strong message that hate will not be tolerated in our community.

There are three options available for reporting offences involving hate:

  1. Online reporting.
  2. In-person at the Service Centre.
  3. Phone: 306-975-8300 (non-emergency).

If a victim is in immediate danger and/or the offence is in progress, please call 9-1-1.

The SPS Service Centre is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 76 25th Street East.

Non-criminal incidents can also be reported to Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

Criminal Code

While there is no legal definition of a ‘hate crime’, the Criminal Code of Canada contains several specific offences related to hate propaganda, such as advocating genocide, public incitement of hatred, and willful promotion of hatred. There is also an offence related to hate motivated mischief against religious property.

To contact the Hate Crime Unit, please email hatecrimeunit@police.saskatoon.sk.ca. This email is not monitored 24/7 and should not be used for reporting purposes.