For Immediate Release
June 13, 2017
Ottawa, ON—Today, Statistics Canada released hate crimes data for 2015. Jewish Canadians were once again the most targeted religious minority. After reviewing the report, Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“The latest Statistics Canada data is disturbing and clear: Jewish Canadians remain the most targeted religious minority in Canada. This should be of grave concern to all Canadians because antisemitism has historically been a telling indicator of the overall health of a society’s values. Those who target Jews ultimately threaten the freedom, equality, and security of all.”
- Today’s report confirms that Jews remain the most targeted religious minority in Canada. This data is consistent with previous Statistics Canada reports, as well as data recently released by Toronto Police Services.
- In 2015, there were 178 incidents targeting Jewish Canadians; 159 incidents targeting Muslim Canadians; and 55 incidents targeting Catholic Canadians.
- On a per capita basis, hate crimes targeting Jews were 54 incidents per 100,000; targeting Muslims 15 incidents per 100,000; and targeting Catholics 0.4 per 100,000.
- There was an increase in hate incidents targeting other minority communities, including the Muslim community. CIJA joins all Canadians of good will in condemning hatred in all its forms regardless of target. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.
- CIJA is advocating for amendments to the Criminal Code to improve hate crime protections for schools and community centres associated with an identifiable group (Bill C-305). Hate-fueled criminals do not distinguish between places of worship, community centres and schools. Neither should the law.
- The security of the Jewish community is one of CIJA’s top priorities. CIJA successfully advocated for a significant expansion and modernization of the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) to the benefit of our community and all vulnerable communities in Canada. CIJA continues to advocate for further modernization of this important program.
- Antisemitism is a growing problem in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, where recently released data paints a worrying picture.
Manager, Communications and Media Relations
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)