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hate speech provision in the context of contemporary society and new communications technologies.
The 2001 Anti-terrorism Act contained additional provisions to protect against acts of
hatred and discrimination. The hate propaganda offences in the Code were amended to authorize courts to order the deletion of publicly available hate propaganda stored on computer servers. A specific offence of public mischief in relation to places of religious worship was created for acts
motivated by hatred based on religion, race, colour, or national or ethnic origin.
Measures undertaken by provincial and territorial governments include:
New Brunswick has a Population Growth strategy, whereby the government has
committed to promoting Multiculturalism in the province’s public schools by making it part of the curriculum. The Multicultural Grants Program funds activities that educate New Brunswickers about the value of cultural diversity to the province.
In October 2008, the Government of Québec issued a policy entitled Diversity: An
Added Value, to promote the participation of all in Québec’s development. The policy sets out a series of measures aimed at combating and preventing racism and racial discrimination, ensuring
the full participation of all citizens in economic activities and promoting intercultural rapprochement.
British Columbia's Multiculturalism Act legislates the appointment of a Minister
responsible for Multiculturalism and a Multicultural Advisory Council. This Council advises the
Minister on issues pertaining to multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Newfoundland and Labrador has a Multiculturalism Working Group to assist
executive staff in Government to identify and manage specific activities and initiatives related to
implementation of the Policy of Multiculturalism within Government and at the local, regional and community level.
Persons with disabilities
Canada has in place a foundation of equality and non-discrimination protection for persons
with disabilities, which is entrenched constitutionally in section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and in human rights legislation enacted in all jurisdictions (see Part II of this report).
102. Governments have also implemented other legislative and policy measures to ensure the full inclusion and equal participation of Canadians in all aspects of society and community life, for example:
The Government of Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan helps parents
and others save to ensure the long-term financial security of a child with a severe disability. In
addition to individual savings, the Government will contribute up to $90,000 in grants and bonds
to a beneficiary’s plan.
The Enabling Accessibility Fund provides funding for projects that improve
accessibility and enable Canadians, regardless of physical ability, to participate in and contribute
to their communities and the economy.