According to newly released government stats, anti-Muslim hate crimes in Canada had been increased by 253 percent from 2012 to 2015.
The trend continued through 2016 and into this year, said the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which is collecting its own statistics.
“I believe we’re already way outpacing the data that we have from 2016 and therefore 2015,” the council’s communications director, Amira Elghawaby, told GlobalNews.
Meanwhile, one of the worst anti-Muslim killings occurred in Canada earlier this year. On January 29, a man walked into an Islamic center in Quebec and shot indiscriminately into a crowd of worshippers, killing six men and injuring several more.
Back in March, the Canadian government overwhelmingly passed a motion calling on the government to condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”
Introduced by liberal Muslim lawmaker Iqra Khalid, the motion also urged the government to put more efforts in studying and documenting hate crimes in the country.
Canada’s neighboring country, the U.S., also sees a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes. In 2016, anti-Muslim hate crimes spiked 57 percent in America.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently became president after a controversial campaign trail, had promised the ban Muslims from entering the country.
Once in office, he issued an executive order, banning citizens of six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S.