Media Advisory: CRRF holding briefing to discuss "2016 Survey of Muslims in Canada"

TORONTO, May 5, 2016 /CNW/ - You are invited to a briefing that will discuss the "2016 Survey of Muslims in Canada," conducted by the Environics Institute in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, the Tessellate Institute, the Olive Tree Foundation, the Inspirit Foundation and Think for Actions.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • The vast majority (83%) of Muslims feel very proud to be Canadian, and this sentiment has strengthened since 2006 (especially in Quebec). By comparison, 73 percent of non-Muslims feel similarly proud to be Canadian.
  • Most (84%) believe Muslims in Canada are treated better than Muslims are treated in other western countries, and this view has strengthened since 2006 (when it was 77%). An increasing majority also believe that non-Muslim opinions of Islam are generally positive (54%) rather than negative (32%). Non-Muslim opinion is in fact more positive than negative, although no more so than 10 years ago.
  • One-third (35%) of Muslims report having experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly in the past five years, primarily due to their religion or ethnicity, but also because of their language or sex. This incidence is unchanged from 2006, and is approximately 50 percent higher than for the Canadian population-at-large.



Keith Neuman, Executive Director, Environics Institute

Muneeb Nasir, President, Olive Tree Foundation

Rubin Friedman, Board Member, Canadian Race Relations Foundation


Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10 a.m.


Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Suite 225, 2nd floor, located at the:

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5


SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation

For further information: and to RSVP, please contact: Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, CRRF,, 416-508-9033; OR Suren Nathan, Project Director, CRRF,, 416-441-1900 ext. 205


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