The new statistics have prompted advocates for the Ottawa government to call for the passage of an anti-racism law.
Hate crimes against religion, sexual orientation and race have increased dramatically in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data released this week by Statistics Canada.
Canada prides itself on being a diverse and hospitable country of immigrants and refugeesBetween 2019 and 2021, hate crime rates rose 72 per cent, Statistics Canada said.
This increase is partly due to the pandemic, which has exposed and exacerbated security and discrimination issues. Chinese Canadians report an increase in discrimination. Wuhan, China is the center of the virus. The World Health Organization said in June that its latest investigation into the origins of COVID-19 was inconclusive, largely because of a lack of data from China.
In 2021, hate crimes against religion will increase by 67%, crimes against sexual orientation will increase by 64%, and crimes against race or ethnicity will increase by 6%.
This motivates minority groups urge the government Pass anti-racism laws.
“We simply cannot afford to delay action to stop anti-Asian hatred and racism,” Amy Go, chair of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, told Reuters.
The committee has asked the federal government to pass an anti-racism bill to collect specific information on who’s responsible, where the crime happened and how it happened, in order to hold those responsible to account.
Go said the government was reviewing the request. The Canadian government did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Immigration is an important growth engine for Canada’s economy, with immigrant workers accounting for 84 per cent of total labour force growth in the 2010s, according to Statistics Canada.
Canada welcomed a record 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, and Ottawa has set an ambitious target of 432,000 newcomers this year.
several incidents for Asians Makes Manan Doshi, an international student who recently arrived in Canada, wondering whether to stay in the country.
Doshi said his family asked him to return to India after witnessing some life-threatening incidents in a Toronto subway station that scared him.
Mohammed Hashim, executive director of the Canadian Foundation for Race Relations, has recommended that the federal government invest C$15 million ($11.60) to help victims of hate crimes.
“This is unacceptable because hatred will forever damage people’s ability to participate in society,” Hashem said.
New stats recorded 71% Hate crimes against Muslims surged by 144 in 2021 compared to 2020.
“This year, anti-Muslim hatred has risen dramatically, according to Statistics Canada,” the Canadian Muslim National Council said in a tweet earlier this week.
“We lost Muslim hatred in Canada in 2021. These numbers also don’t tell the whole story – we know the number of hate crimes significantly exceeds the numbers in the hate crime statistics.”
In recent years, Muslims in Canada have been the target of major hate attacks, including mass shootings. Claims to have six believers A mosque in Quebec City in 2017.Last year, an attacker run over A Muslim family driving a truck in London, Ontario has killed four people in what police say is an Islamophobic attack.