Toronto & York Region Hate Crimes – 2018

May 3, 2019 | Antisemitism, Community, Toronto

The Toronto Police Service and York Regional Police just presented their annual hate crime report for 2018.

Here are the key facts:

  • Reported hate crime occurrences in Toronto decreased by 26% and in York Region by 10.2% in 2018 from 2017.

  • In Toronto, the Jewish community was the most frequently targeted group (50 incidents), followed by the Muslim, Black, and LGBTQ+ Community. In York Region, the Jewish community was the most frequently targeted group alongside the Black community (29 incidents).

  • Despite the disproportionate targeting of the Jewish community, antisemitic hate crimes overall slightly dropped in both Toronto and York Region.

It is appalling that, in welcoming and diverse communities like Toronto and York Region, an antisemitic crime took place on average once a week in 2018. Police deserve credit for shining a light on these disturbing trends and for working to keep us and all Toronto residents safe.

Our community knows all too well that behind every statistic, there is a person and a family who has felt the impact of antisemitism. In the wake of this report, we must continue to be assertive and strategic in combating hate. I encourage you to consider:

  1. Getting involved in our campaign to increase government funding for crucial security measures at community institutions, like synagogues and day schools.

  2. Finding out how CIJA can help your community institution – be it a synagogue, day school, or JCC – improve its security systems and procedures. CIJA offers these services free-of-charge.

  3. Joining us in the fight against antisemitism. Connect with us online and, if you are able to, volunteer with us by contacting with us by email. We will be launching a number of strategic projects to counter antisemitism in the coming months – and we invite you to be a part of the effort.

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