Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports

The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.

New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims is holding a news conference on Parliament Hill to react to the latest data. It’s set for 10:30 a.m. ET, and CBCNews.ca will carry it live.

Incidents targeting Jewish people declined to 178 incidents in 2015, compared to 213 the previous year. Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation also fell, to 141 incidents in 2015 from 155 the year before.

While incidents targeting blacks also declined, they still made up the largest percentage of incidents.There were 224 in 2015, making up 17 per cent of all hate crimes, compared to 238 the year before.

Statistics Canada hate crimes report 2015

The federal agency found that overall, hate crimes climbed by five per cent in the reporting period.

There were a total of 1,362 incidents motivated by hate based on race, ethnicity or religion, 67 more incidents than in 2014.

Violent incidents on the rise

Violent offences, including assault, threats and criminal harassment, accounted for 38 per cent of police-reported hate crimes in 2015, a rise of 15 per cent from 2014.

During the same period, the total number of non-violent hate crime incidents such as mischief, vandalism and graffiti increased by five per cent.

While Statistics Canada found eight of 10 provinces reported an increase in police-reported hate crimes from 2014 to 2015, the most pronounced jump was in Alberta, where police reported 193 hate crimes, up 39 per cent from the 139 incidents reported the year before.

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Statistics Canada data released Tuesday shows the number of hate crimes reported to police in 2015 increased by five per cent compared to the previous year. (David Beatty/CBC)

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