Table 2
Hate crimes reported by police, by type of motivation, Canada, 2007 and 2008

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Type of motivation 2007r 2008 Percent change in number from 2007 to 2008
number percent number percent
Race or Ethnicity
Black
158 33.5 205 37.3 30
South Asian
53 11.2 64 11.7 21
East and Southeast Asian
57 12.1 44 8.0 -23
Arab or West Asian
34 7.2 37 6.7 9
Caucasian
50 10.6 22 4.0 -56
Aboriginal1
14 3.0 20 3.6 43
Multiple races or ethnicities2
75 15.9 115 20.9 53
Other
31 6.6 42 7.7 35
Unknown
18 ... 14 ... -22
Total
490 100.0 563 100.0 15
Religion
Jewish
116 68.6 165 64.2 42
Catholic
15 8.9 30 11.7 100
Muslim (Islam)
29 17.2 26 10.1 -10
Other
9 5.3 36 14.0 ...
Unknown
4 ... 8 ... ...
Total
173 100.0 265 100.0 53
Sexual orientation
Homosexual (Lesbian or Gay)
67 95.7 152 96.2 127
Other
3 4.3 6 3.8 ...
Unknown
1 ... 1 ... ...
Total
71 100.0 159 100.0 124
Other motivations
Sex
0 0.0 6 18.2 ...
Language
5 35.7 4 12.1 ...
Mental or physical disability
2 14.3 3 9.1 ...
Other similar factor3
7 50.0 20 60.6 ...
Total
14 100.0 33 100.0 136
Unknown 17 ... 16 ... -6
Total 765 ... 1,036 ... 35
1. The number of hate crimes against Aboriginals may be under-reported due to the unavailability of data from police services in the territories and the northern part of the Prairie provinces where the proportion of the Aboriginal population is highest.
2. Includes hate crimes that target more than one race or ethnic group.
3. Includes other motivations not otherwise stated. Examples may include age or political beliefs.
Note: In total, information reflects data reported by police services covering 88% of the population of Canada. Where the number of hate-motivated crimes is below 10 in any given year, percent changes have not been calculated. Percentages have been calculated excluding "unknown" motivation.
Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.
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