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Anti-Black and homophobic hate crimes increased significantly post-pandemic in Canada

 TORONTO (CTV Network) — The number of hate crimes in Canada centred on race or ethnicity rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2022, according to the latest report on hate crimes by Statistics Canada.

Crimes against Black victims accounted for most of the 12 per cent increase in race-based hate crimes that year, while the number of hate crimes targeting sexual orientation also rose by 12 per cent, increasing for the second consecutive year. Advocates for the Black and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada say they’re not surprised by these trends – they see these crimes and their consequences play out in real-time.

“We see it on the ground, we see it in the number of calls that we get on a daily basis, we see it in the news reports, we see it online,” said Danette Edwards, acting general counsel at the Toronto-based Black Action Legal Centre, in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca.


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