Brief on Police-Reported Crime Statistics in Canada, 2021: Hate Crimes Targeting Sexual Orientation
Aug 2, 2022
The Statistics Canada (2022) report defines hate crimes as those that target a person’s identity (e.g., race, religion, sexual orientation, and more).
Since 2019, hate crimes targeting sexual orientation have risen significantly. In 2019, there were 265 hate crimes that targeted sexual orientation, and in 2021, this number rose to 423. Specifically, hate crimes targeting sexual orientation rose 64% (+165 incidents).
Of these 423 hate crimes, a majority (77%) targeted the gay and lesbian community, a small number toward bisexuals (2%) and other sexual orientations (11%), and 10% of incidents had an unknown sexual orientation target.