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Report Data - Canada - 2012

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2017 2073 Not available Not available
2016 1409 Not available Not available
2015 1362 Not available Not available
2014 1295 Not available Not available
2013 1140 Not available Not available

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

The Criminal Code's hate crime provisions were amended by including gender identity and gender expression in the list of protected characteristics.

At the Ministry of Public Safety Canada, the Communities at Risk Security Infrastructure Program (SIP) supported projects to help communities with a demonstrated history of being victimized by hate-motivated crime enhance their security infrastructure.

The Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence within the Ministry of Public Safety Canada administers the Ministry's Community Resilience Fund, which has been used to support research into hate speech and hate incidents and radicalization to violence and/or to develop effective prevention methods.

NGO reports 
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B’nai Brith reported 319 cases of vandalism, including 25 incidents targeting synagogues, two desecrations of Jewish graves, and 12 against people’s homes; 13 physical assaults, including one against Jewish students on their way home from school and one against a Jewish couple; and 84 cases of threats.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Canada (CAIR-CAN), which is now known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), reported one physical assault involving a woman’s headscarf being pulled off; three incidents of damage to property, two of which involved attempted arson against Islamic centres; one case of graffiti on an Islamic centre; and one case of threats of arson against a Mosque.

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IGO Reports 
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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) recommended that Canada introduce in its legislation a specific offence criminalizing racist violence, which would be in addition to its general aggravating circumstances provision.

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Developments
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The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory reported two cases of graffiti on a mosque and one case of threats to blow up a mosque.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Canada has not reported information on prosecuted hate crime cases to ODIHR.

National Developments 
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Official figures record 704 crimes based on bias against race/colour and ethnicity and 13 crimes based on bias against language.

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Official figures record 242 anti-Semitic crimes.

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Official figures record 45 crimes based on bias against Muslims.

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Official figures record 132 crimes based on bias against religion. These include 37 anti-Catholic crimes and 95 crimes based on an unspecified anti-religion bias motivation.

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Official figures record 185 anti-LGB crimes and zero crimes based on bias against transgender people.

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Official figures record eight crimes based on bias against disabilities and ten crimes based on bias against gender.

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Official figures record 75 hate crimes based on "other" bias motivations, including 47 crimes based on "other similar factors" such as political affiliation, and 28 crimes based on "other" unspecified bias motivations.