As a founding member of the Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate, CIJA is issuing this press release on behalf of all members.
November 30, 2021
Ottawa, ON - Reacting to a report commissioned by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and conducted by Nanos Research, the Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate – made up of many organizations from a diverse array of communities concerned with the rise of hatred disseminated on the Internet – issued the following statement, through one of its members, the Rev. Jeff Rock of the Metropolitan Community Church:
“We came together as a Coalition of groups representing different marginalized communities building inter-movement solidarity with one purpose: to ensure everyone has equal protection – and all Canadians are free from online hate. We are grateful to see that our objective is shared by the vast majority of Canadians and look forward to concrete action.
Indeed, the report found that:
- 58% of Canadians, regardless of their age, race, or region, say online hatred is a serious threat
- 79% of respondents support introducing legislation to combat serious forms of harmful online content
- 76% of Canadians support making social media platforms legally responsible for the moderation of hateful and extremist content before it can do harm;
- 75% of Canadians support strengthening the Canada Human Rights Act.
In short, the results of the survey demonstrate what the Coalition has long known: that, when it comes to online hate, Canadians want action.
We urge the government to listen to Canadians and to targeted communities and introduce effective legislation swiftly that will protect Canadians from online hate while ensuring that Canadians’ freedom of expression is protected.”
The Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate comprises the following organizations:
ACAO (African Canadian Association of Ottawa)Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at (Canada) Anglican Church of Canada / l’Église anglicane du Canada Armenian National Committee of Canada / Comité national arménien du Canada Baha’i Community of Canada, Office of Public Affairs / La communauté bahá’íe du Canada, Bureau des affaires publiques British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Canadian Rabbinic Caucus / Caucus Rabbinique Canadien Capital Pride / La Fierté dans la Capitale Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) / Le Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennes Cordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and Leadership Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada / Église évangélique luthérienne au Canada Federation of Black Canadians / Fédération des Canadiens noirs Fruit Loop Society of Alberta Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario Humura Association / Association Humura Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada M9 Médias (Coopérative Médias communautés immigrantes Francophones) Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto / L’Église Communautaire Métropolitaine de Toronto Mosaic Institute / Institut Mosaïque Multifaith Action Society of BC Multi Faith Summit Council BC (MFSCBC) Native Calgarian Pink Flamingo Religions for Peace Canada South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Toronto S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Stop Racism Alliance Ukrainian Canadian Congress / Congrès des Ukrainiens canadiens VOICES – Calgary’s Coalition of Two-Spirit & Racialized lgbtqia+ Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF) World Sikh Organization / l’Organisation mondiale des Sikhs du Canada Worldwide Shift Disturbers
- From July 27 to September 25, 2021, the Federal Government held a consultation on the proposed approach to address harmful online content, including hate and antisemitism.
- In 2021, there was a dangerous surge in antisemitic incidents across the country. UJA Community Security, on behalf of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, noted a five-fold increase in antisemitic incidents in the Greater Toronto Area in May compared to previous months.
- In response this year’s surge in antisemitism, the Federal Government convened an Emergency National Summit to combat antisemitism.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations across Canada.