Canadian government to fund study on right-wing extremism

The Canadian government is funding an Ontario university study into white nationalism and other right-wing extremism in hopes of preventing future homegrown violence.

The research will be conducted by a team at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The University will partner with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue in London, U.K. to look at online content and media coverage, designed to inform local responses to hate speech and hate crime.

"It is critical that we understand the factors that are leading towards hate and intolerance, including how right-wing extremism can inspire the murder of six Canadian citizens near Quebec City, and how it can feed misogynistic violence, such as the brutal van attack along Yonge Street in Toronto," said Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Researchers will also interview law enforcement officials, community anti-hate activists and current/former extremists.

The University will receive $366,985 over three years for the study.