Media Contacts

Jimmy Smith

Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier

Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Media Relations
250 213-3602

Ministry of Attorney General

Media Relations
250 883-1003


Facts about combatting hate
  • During the pandemic, B.C. delivered anti-racism initiatives to combat the spike in acts of hate, especially anti-Asian racism, initiatives that supported 50 different communities.
  • The introduction of the helpline aligns with the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner’s (HRC) 2023 report From hate to hope: Report of the Inquiry into hate in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • As recommended by the HRC, the helpline is a community-led provincewide centralized reporting system for hate incidents.
  • B.C. is the only province in Canada with a dedicated integrated hate crimes policing unit that provides advice and guidance to police throughout the province investigating hate crimes, as well as to Crown counsel that prosecute those crimes.
  • In 2021, B.C. introduced policing standards to promote unbiased policing that advance equitable policing throughout B.C., standards that align with issues raised in many subsequent reports, inquiries and community-led advocacy.
  • The Safer Communities Action Plan’s initiatives include:
    • $25 million over three years for a dedicated repeat violent offending intervention initiative focused on addressing repeat violent offending in communities throughout British Columbia;
    • $230 million over three years for provincial and specialized RCMP units;
    • expanding mental-health crisis response teams into more communities, so police can focus on crime, and people in crisis are met early by health-care workers and community members; and
    • introducing unexplained wealth order legislation to go after the houses, cars and luxury goods of high-level organized criminals.