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Report Data - Canada - 2015

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 
Organization Report 

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) reported a case of vandalism targeting Muslims and Syrian refugees. B'nai Brith reported a further case of vandalism, in which a swastika was drawn on a bridge.

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Reports
Organization Report 

The Kantor Center reported 32 incidents of physical violence.

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Reports
Organization Report 

B'nai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reported one incident in which cars were spray-painted with swastikas and threatening messages, and had envelopes containing bullets placed on the windshields. B'nai Brith reported two physical assaults, including one in which a Jewish volunteer was attacked by a group and one that targeted a Hasidic man; one incident of threats involving a firearm; and two incidents of vandalism in which mezuzahs, Jewish symbols on private homes, were damaged.

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Organization Report 

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) reported 12 physical assaults, all of which targeted Muslim women wearing headscarves; five threats; five incidents of damage to property; and 13 incidents of vandalism, ten of which involved graffiti. The Organization Racism Islamophobia Watch (ORIW) and the NCCM also reported an arson attack on a mosque.

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ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that Canada has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases and information on sentenced hate crime cases.

National Developments 
Bias Motivation 
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Reports
Organization Report 

This category captures hate crimes motivated by bias on the following grounds: Aboriginal, Arab / West Asian, Black, East and Southeast Asian, South Asian, White, Multiple Races / Ethnicities, Other race / ethnicity and unknown race / ethnicity, and bias against language.

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Reports
Organization Report 

This category captures hate crime motivated by bias on the following grounds: Catholic, Other religion (examples include: Baptist, Buddhist, Greek orthodox, etc.), and unknown religion.

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Reports
Organization Report 

All hate crimes recorded in this category were committed with homophobic motivation.

Holy See Reports 
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Reports
Organization Report 

The Holy See reported two incidents of theft that also involved the desecration of liturgical objects and communion bread; five incidents of vandalism, three of which involved graffiti on church buildings; one incident of damage to church property; and one incident of the desecration of graves.The Canadian authorities reported that they were not able to verify these incidents due to personal data protection regulations.

Overview of incidents reported by civil society groups and organizations 
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