Hate crimes on rise in Canada

Statistics Canada says hate crimes in Canada rose by five per cent in 2015.

The agency says the rise is largely due to an increase in incidents targeting certain groups, specifically the Muslim population

Police-reported hate crimes targeting the Muslim population rose from 99 incidents in 2014 to 159 incidents in 2015, while crimes targeting the Jewish population declined from 213 in 2014 to 178 in 2015.

StatsCan says eight of 10 provinces reported an increase in the number of police-reported hate crimes from 2014 to 2015.