What is a 'hate group'?

How we define a ‘hate group’

A hate group is a group which, as demonstrated by statements by its leaders or its activities, is overtly hateful towards, or creates an environment of overt hatred towards, an identifiable group as defined in the Criminal Code, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and/or the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“. . . 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.”
Criminal Code (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46) 318 (4)

“ . . . the prohibited grounds of discrimination are race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression . . .”
Canadian Human Rights Act R.S.C., 1985, c. H-6 3 (1)

“Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.”
Constitution Act, 1982 15 (1)

Hate groups will be narrowly identified under this definition. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network, however, may separately identify groups or individuals as 'Groups/Individuals of Concern' if we believe their words or actions support or contribute to a climate of hostility against groups identified by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability.