Survey of Canadian Muslims

Category: Survey
Description: A national survey of Muslims in Canada
Project Partners: Environics Institute, Inspirit Foundation, Olive Tree Foundation, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Think for Actions
Launch Date: April 2016

The Tessellate Institute worked in partnership with Environics Institute and several other organizations to produce a national survey to reveal what it is like to be Muslim in Canada, and how this has changed over the past decade.

This survey is a follow-up to the first-ever national survey of the country’s Muslim population conducted by the Environics Institute in 2006. In both cases, a complementary survey of the non-Muslim population was also conducted to provide comparative measures of mainstream opinions about the Muslim community.

Key findings:

  • 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.
  • 84% believe Muslims in Canada are treated better than Muslims are treated in other western countries. An increasing majority also believe that non-Muslim opinions of Islam are generally positive (54%) rather than negative (32%).
  • 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.

Read the Press Release.

Read the Final Report.


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