Hate Crime in Canada

Did you know… that hate crime in Canada is on the rise?

In 2016, there was a total of 1409 police-reported hate crimes in Canada. This represents a 3% increase from 2015.

  • 48% of hate crimes were motivated by hatred of a race or ethnicity

    • 112 incidents against Arab and West Asian populations

    • 214 against Black populations

  • 33% of hate crimes were motivated by hatred of religion

    • 139 incidents against Muslims

    • 221 incidents against Jewish population

  • 13% of hate crimes were motivated by hatred against sexual orientation

    • 176 incidents

Right-wing Extremism in Canada

What is the Right-wing extremist movement?

It is a loose movement, based on racially, ethnically and sexually defined nationalism. This concept of nationalism is often framed in terms of white power, and is grounded in xenophobic and exclusionary understandings of the perceived threats posed by such groups as non-Whites, Jews, immigrants, homosexuals and feminists.

What is the purpose of the movement?

The purpose of the RWE movement is to preserve white heritage and protect the white “homeland”. There seems to be a narrative in which the Canadian government is involved in “white genocide”, through the promotion of diversity and multiculturalism.

  • In 2015, there were over 100 RWE groups in Canada (18-20 in Ontario)

  • Between 1980 and 2014, there have been over 120 violent incidents including assault, arson, and homicide in Canada, committed specifically by Right-wing extremists.


Sources:

  • Statistics Canada, 2018. Police-reported hate crime in Canada, 2016. (Retrieved from: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2018001/article/54915-eng.htm)

  • Barbara Perry and Ryan Scrivens, Right Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan (Ottawa: Public Safety Canada, 2014).

  • Barbara Perry ANd Ryan Scrivens, Right Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan (Ottawa: Public Safety Canada, 2015)