Canadians express strong support for concrete action to fight racism through policy reforms and legislation for Canada’s 44th Parliament
TORONTO, November 30, 2021 – A new national survey from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and conducted by Nanos Research suggests that Canadians see discrimination as a problem and want immediate concrete action on the legislative and policy front to fight racism and promote equity.
The top four racial justice priorities for Canadians include criminal justice reform, tackling online hate, strengthening employment equity, and completing the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Fighting Hatred: Given the rise in Islamophobia, antisemitism, and anti-Asian racism, there is broad agreement among Canadians, whether they identify as a member of a racialized community or they identify as white, that there needs to be change, especially when it comes to fighting and addressing hate. Close to four in five Canadians (79 percent) support introducing legislation to combat serious forms of harmful online content and about three in four Canadians (76 percent) support making social media platforms legally responsible for the removal of hateful and extremist content before it can do harm.
Upholding Employment Equity: Just under two-thirds (62 percent) agree that managers and executives should have employment equity, diversity, and inclusion goals in their performance management reviews to hold leadership accountable for progress in these goals.
“Canadians know that better workplaces, can have a large impact towards creating equity and inclusion across society, and want real accountability,” said Mohammed Hashim, Executive Director of the CRRF. “Employment Equity is an important tool towards creating a more equal Canada, and Canadians agree we need to modernize and improve it.”
Action on Reconciliation: In addition, Canadians also support putting in place new programs and initiatives to accelerate the implementation of the 94 calls to action, including two-thirds of Canadians (66 percent) who support appointing a special federal prosecutor to pursue those who inflicted great harm on Indigenous children in Canada’s residential school system.
“It is important to note that support for action is among racialized and non-racialized Canadians but that the intensity of support among racialized Canadians on key initiatives like police oversight is even stronger,” said Nik Nanos from Nanos Research.
Other key findings from the national survey include:
Nanos conducted an online representative survey of 2,018 Canadians, aged 18 and over between November 3rd and 8th, 2021. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada. The research was commissioned by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and was conducted by Nanos Research.
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