According to data released by the Canadian Eurostat on Thursday, the number of reported hate crimes by police in 2017 reached its highest level, largely leading to incidents targeting Muslim, Jewish, and black people.
The federal agency said hate crimes have steadily increased since 2014, but increased by about 47 percent in 2017, the last year for which data was collected. In total, the Canadian Police Force reported 2,073 hate crimes, most since 2009, when data became available.
The increase was largely due to incidents in Ontario and Quebec, according to Canadian statistics. The agency said the increase was probably caused by more people reporting hostile incidents in the police, although it says that many may not be registered.
In the worst incident in the country, when six Muslim men were killed in an assault on the Quebec City Mosque in January 2017, six Muslim men were killed and others were seriously injured. This year, 28-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette was found guilty, but said he was not Islamist and instead "was overwhelmed by fear and a formidable desperation."
Quebec reported a 50% increase in the number of hate crimes per month after mass shootings, mostly due to incidents with Muslims as victims.
Police also deal with fewer incidents, such as hate crime.
Toronto Police Enemy Crime Unit said that in 2017 it investigated 186 incidents – mostly vandalism and graffiti. Near the Hamilton, the police reported that an increase of 18% is what force demands hatred and bias.
Overall, Ontario saw 207% increase in hate crimes against Muslims, 84% increase in crimes against black people and 41% increase in incidents against Jews.
Alberta and British Columbia also reported an increase in incidents.
Community leaders call for increased distortion
Bretana Andrew-Amofa, from the Toronto-based city-city alliance race, said that hike crimes make communities feel less secure.
"It's time for political leaders to clearly speak out against hate and intolerance and to support a multicultural community in which everyone feels safe and participatory," she said in a press release.
Avi Benlolo, President and Chief Executive Officer at Simon Wyzental Holocaust Research Center, made a statement that the new statistics are not surprising and alarming.
"It's alarming to hear that Canada's rise in hate crimes will continue to increase, and that the Jewish community – a community integrated in the Canadian mosaic – is still victimized," he said.
Black People main goals, StatsCan reports
Throughout Canada, black people were still the most frequent attacks on hate crimes based on racial or ethnic origin. Approximately 16 percent of all incidents were black victims.
As the report reports, two percent of the police-reported hate crimes are related to the local population, but it shows that a large number of all the victims – possibly even two out of three – have not submitted reports to the authorities.
Hate crimes account for 0.1 percent of the more than 1.9 million illegally acquired crimes reported by the Canadian police in 2017. The agency defines hate crimes as "criminal incidents detected by police investigations that they have caused hatred against an identifiable group."