Key Takeaways

  • Since 2019, hate crimes targeting sexual orientation have risen in Canada. In 2019, there were 265 hate crimes that targeted sexual orientation, and in 2021, this number rose to 423. Since 2020, there has been a rise of 64%.
  • Of these 423 hate crimes, a majority (77%) targeted the gay and lesbian community, a smaller number was directed toward bisexuals (2%) and other sexual orientations (11%), and 10% of incidents had an unreported sexual orientation target.
  • While most hate crimes targeting sexual orientation were perpetrated against men and boys, 74% of victims of hate crimes related to gender were women and girls. No data were compiled for other gender identities.