Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2016
Statistics Canada’s release Tuesday of police-reported
hate crimes for 2016 shows a 3% jump from 2015 due to increased targeting
of specific groups, including the Jewish community.
The Jewish community was the most targeted group in 2016,
accounting for 16% of all hate crimes across Canada.
The report reveals that 221 police-reported hate crimes –
148 of which took place in Ontario – were against the Jewish community in 2016,
up from 178 hate crimes in 2015. The African-Canadian community was the
second-most targeted, while the Muslim community saw a decrease in incidents.
“This is, unfortunately, not shocking to learn, as the
Jewish community has always been the target of antisemitic and hateful attacks
– often through vandalism, graffiti and hate speech – despite making up just
over 1% of the Canadian population,” said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO
of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC).
FSWC continues to track and counter antisemitism across the
country, ensuring incidents are reported to local police. Most recently, FSWC
fielded complaints from the public about content found in the antisemitic and
hate-ridden publication Your Ward News, which eventually led to hate crime
charges against the editor and publisher.