To mark the International Day for the Prevention of Racial Discrimination, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration (a division of the Association for Canadian Studies) released findings from a new national survey on people’s attitudes towards religious, racial and aboriginal groups in Canada, relations between communities and contact with selected minorities.
The survey of 1500 Canadians was conducted between March 1 and 3, 2016 by the firm Leger Marketing for the CRRF and CIIM. The results add to ongoing CRRF-CIIM surveys aimed at tracking public opinion on views around the perceived state of race relations in Canada. The results point to growing concerns particularly in Quebec around intergroup relations and notably between Muslims and non-Muslims and Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.
Opinion: The CRRF-CIIM tracking points to steady declines in positive views of Muslims amongst Canada’s francophones since 2012. After a drop in positive views of Muslims amongst Canada’s anglophones and allophones between 2012 and 2014, opinion returned to the earlier levels in the year 2016. Still a majority of Canadians do not hold positive opinions of Muslims. Opinion of immigrants has remained fairly constant over the period with a slight decline observed amongst Canada’s francophones. Opinion of Aboriginals has remained fairly constant over the period of 2012 to 2016. Opinion of Jews has also remained constant with a persistent gap between Canada’s francophone and non-francophone population.