Today, we officially launched our newest research report, 'Understanding Hate in Ontario'.
Understanding Hate in Ontario is the first research of its kind to provide representative, disaggregated data focused on capturing real experiences of hate in Ontario. Engaging over 3,000 individuals, the survey had a key focus on intersectional identities, Black, East Asian, Indigenous, Jewish and Muslim communities to maintain statistical power.
Between April and May 2023,
we conducted a survey to
understanding of hate
their experiences with hate
the nature of the hate they encountered
impact of these experiences
and their recommendations for how to address it
HERE ARE SOME OF THE REPORT'S KEY FINDINGS:
65% of people surveyed in Ontario have experienced hate in the past three years
22% unsure if what they experienced was illegal
4% reported their experiences to the police
The most common forms of hate experienced included:
· Mocking/belittlement (31%)
· Verbal threat/abuse (25%)
· Offensive comments on social media/online platforms (17%)
Gender-diverse and 2SLGBTQIA+ people identified school as a top location of hate.
Social media was cited as one of the most common places of hate experiences among all age and gender groups
Only 5% reported their experiences to online platforms/tech companies
These findings speak to the rise in hate targeting people based on race/ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation in Canada. We must continue to address the roots of prejudice as well as improve societal and system responses. This research is a foundation of that work.
One outcome was that most believed that hate is learned, and that education is an effective tool to combat it.
Education is key to preventing, addressing, and reducing prejudice as a root of hate, as well as training for workers, institutions, and systems to identify and respond to it. Your support of Mosaic is helping us do that.
This study will equip public sector organizations, community groups, and other decision-makers with an accurate representation of how Ontarians are currently understanding and experiencing hate, including what they think should be done about it.
You can read about the recommendations in the report.
We want to thank our Understanding Hate in Ontario partners, Western University’s Network for Economic and Social Trends Research Consultancy, Leger Opinion Panel and the 3,035 individuals who took the time and effort to complete this survey and share their personal experiences with hate.
Want to know how you can help?
Share this research report on socials and with those in your workplace or community to discuss the findings, and how you can take action on the recommendations.
Pre-register for or promote our soon to be launched Addressing Online Hate micro credential and certificate program.
Contact us to book a Next Gen workshop for youth ages 10-18 so that they can learn how to understand identity, communicate through difference, and learn how to create maps for social change to prevent hate.