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Hate speech and the law in British Columbia

Hate speech and the law in British Columbia

This page answers common questions about hate speech based on the laws that are applicable in BC. Includes discriminatory speech, protected characteristics under the Criminal Code and BC's Human Rights Code, freedom of speech, defending yourself when accused, witnessing hate speech & being a victim.

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produced by
BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner
produced in
last reviewed
April 2021 i Last date reviewed by a qualified expert to ensure content up-to-date. See "Tips" in Clicklaw content criteria (bottom of pageside menu) for details.
resource type
public incitement of hatred, wilful promotion of hatred, hate crimes, victims of hate speech