Hate crimes targeting Blacks, Jews, Muslims on rise, StatCan says
The number of hate crimes reported to Canadian police jumped sharply last year after years of small increases, with new statistics showing incidents targeting Black people, Jews and Muslims accounting for most of the upturn.
Hate crimes targeting Black people accounted for 16 per cent of all hate crimes in Canada in 2017, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.
They stayed the most common type of race- or ethnicityrelated hate crime.
Incidents involving Muslims more than doubled between 2016 and 2017, from 139 incidents to 349, one year after police reported a decrease in hate crimes targeting that population.
Overall, hate crimes targeting Muslims accounted for 17 per cent of all incidents.
And hate crimes targeting Jews increased for the second consecutive year and accounted for 18 per cent of all hate crimes nationally.
The figures prompted Jewish groups to call on the Liberals to do more to help police fight hate crime, and follow through on a pledge by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau In 2017, police reported 2,073 hate crimes, an increase of 664 from 2016.
to expand a program aimed at helping religious groups pay for security at their facilities.
Hate crimes based on sexual
orientation accounted for about one in 10 of all such incidents last year.