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Antisemitism
An Overview

FSWC-Commissioned Studies on Holocaust Education and Antisemitism

In a random survey of 1,000 Canadians commissioned by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and conducted by Nanos Research in August 2018, nearly eight in ten Canadians (78%) believe that we need to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.  

On average, the survey found what has long been suspected by FSWC – that approximately 15% (5 million) Canadians express views that could be construed as antisemitic. The survey found that even though the Jewish community of Canada makes up less than 1% of the population, around 13% to 18% of Canadians believe Jewish people in Canada have "too much influence" in various areas such as the business world, the Canadian government and the global media.   

Quebec displayed the highest percentage of intolerance on average (ranging from 19-27% who said “too much influence” across the various areas) followed by Ontario and British Columbia, while Atlantic Canada generally displayed the least antisemitism (8.6-12% across the various areas) on average. Men surveyed appeared more likely to have antisemitic tendencies than women (17.5% vs. 9% using the lowest figures for each group across the various areas).

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A 2020 survey conducted by Nanos Research on behalf of FSWC revealed that a majority of Canadians (54%) agree that young people are not taught enough about the Holocaust in school and two-thirds of Canadians (64%) agree that young people today are less aware of the Holocaust and its lessons than in the past.

Canadian women are more likely (62%) than men (46%) to believe young people are not receiving enough education about the Holocaust, while Canadians aged 55 and older are more likely (64%) to believe this than those between the ages of 18-34 (45%).

The survey findings confirm an overwhelming support in the Canadian population for teaching young people about the Holocaust, with 93% of respondents agreeing that Holocaust education is “important” or “somewhat important.”

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Rising Tide of White Supremacy in Canada

A report released by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) in January 2019 examines the rampant resurgence of white supremacy in Canada, as the movement continues to hold a strong presence on campuses, in politics and at local rallies.

According to the latest “Rising Tide of White Supremacy in Canada” report – a follow-up to last year’s FSWC report on white supremacy – in excess of 100 white nationalist and alt-right groups are active in Canada.

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NATIONAL POLICE REPORTING

On March 29, 2021, Statistics Canada released 2019 police-reported hate crime statistics, revealing the following:

  • The total number of police-reported hate crimes increased by 7% from 1,1817 incidents in 2018 to 1,946 incidents in 2019
  • The Black community was the most-targeted group, with 335 incidents, followed by the Jewish community with 296 incidents, LGBTQ community with 263 incidents and Muslim community with 181 incidents
  • The Jewish community was the most-targeted religious group, even though it accounts for only 1% of the population in Canada
  • There was a 6% increase in non-violent hate crimes and 8% increase in violent hate crimes

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