FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2021
Ottawa, ON — Earlier today, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) released the results of a comprehensive poll showing alarming data on the state of online hate and racism in Canada.
In response, CIJA Vice-President, External Affairs & General Counsel, Richard Marceau, released the following:
“We are alarmed by the results of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation poll showing that nearly half of Canadians have seen or experienced online comments or content that incites violence. Like the overwhelming majority of those surveyed, we are deeply concerned and unsettled by the rise of online hate and racism in Canada. Canadian Jews hold the unfortunate distinction of being the most frequently targeted minority when it comes to hate crime, and we understand all too well the deadly real-world consequences of this frightening phenomenon. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has been at forefront of efforts urging the federal government to adopt a national strategy to combat online hate. This poll only confirms the urgency for the federal government to act quickly and decisively on online hate in Canada.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
• CIJA is urging the Government of Canada to launch a national strategy to combat online hate. Read CIJA’s policy brief on combatting online hate.
• More information on the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) poll can be found here.