Canadians Who Are A Visible Minority Feel Less Safe Than White Canadians

Feeling safe when walking home alone is tied to one’s ethnicity, suggests data from a Statistics Canada report released yesterday. 

According to the report, Canadians who identify as a visible minorities don’t feel as safe walking home alone at night compared to Canadians don’t identify with a visible minority. 

The survey says there is a 44% (visible minorities) versus 54% (non-visible minority/white folk) split in a sense of safety. Data for the survey was collected in 2014. 

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Canadians of Arab and West Asian descent were “most likely to say they felt unsafe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark” said the StatsCan report, at a rate of 15% and 16%, respectively. 
One-quarter, or 25%, of Arab or West Asian women reportedly do not feel safe walking home alone at night. 

Most Canadians who identify as visible minorities tend to live in cities, where a sense of safety is generally lower, notes the report. 

“Yet even after taking into account where they lived, visible minorities remained less likely to report feeling safe than their non-visible minorities counterparts” said StatsCan. 

Canada, it seems, has become more hostile towards certain communities. A decade ago, says StatsCan, Arab and West Asian Canadians reported a sense of safety comparable to other visible minority communities. 

Barely one-third (31%) of Montrealers reported “being very satisfied with their personal safety.” This is slightly above Toronto (36%), but well below rural areas and small towns (45%). 

Montreal does have a police-reported Crime Severity Index (CSI) of 60.2, a fair bit lower than the national average of 66.7.