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Mar 12, 2020 | A Word from Our Chair, CIJA Publications

Canadian Jews are concerned about antisemitism. According to a Statistics Canada report, hate crimes targeting the Jewish community accounted for nearly one-fifth (19%) of all police-reported hate crimes in Canada in 2018. This marked the third consecutive year in which the Jewish community was the most commonly targeted group for hate crimes.

We know that antisemitism is the most common motive for hate crimes targeting a religious group in Canada. Little academic research, however, has been devoted to the impact of these crimes on the Canadian Jewish community.

With the mission of improving the quality of Jewish life in Canada, combating antisemitism is one of CIJA’s core priorities. To do this, CIJA advocates for public policies to counter antisemitism and hatred. Developing and implementing effective policies requires academic and empirical research to base them upon.

Dr. Barbara Perry, Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, is leading a comprehensive survey on the impacts of antisemitism on the country’s two largest Jewish communities; Ontario and Québec.

We are asking that members of the Québec and Ontario Jewish communities complete the survey. The answers you give will contribute to our understanding of antisemitism, and antisemitic hate crimes, in Canada.

To ensure that survey results are based upon a representative sample of Jewish Canadians, Dr. Perry and her team have turned to CIJA for assistance in reaching out to the Jewish communities in Ontario and Québec.

If you are a Jewish resident of Ontario or Québec, we urge you to complete this survey. Your participation is vital in the development of effective public policies to combat antisemitism in Canada.

If you live outside of Ontario or Québec, but have Jewish family or friends there, we encourage you to forward this email to them.

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