Yes, Islamophobia exists in Canada. The University of Waterloo conducted a research according to which one in five Muslim Canadians said that they experienced discrimination due to their religion. Moreover, the Muslim community is the least liked group when compared to Caucasians, Catholics, Indigenous people, members of the LGBTQ community and racial minorities.
Author Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme said: “There are negative attitudes towards Muslims in Canada as a specific group and they themselves are experiencing higher rates of discrimination than most other demographic groups in Canada. That is the reality.”
“However, residents of Quebec, older respondents and persons who favour Conservative politics were found to be more likely to have greater negative feelings towards Muslims than towards members of other social groups.”
“The results from this study indicate that educational measures and open dialogue with Muslims and Muslim communities to combat the closed views of Muslims and prejudice need to focus on more than just educational institutions.”
“A serious effort should also be made to bring the dialogue to social settings where Quebec residents, older adults, those without a university education, and those with a more conservative value orientation can also benefit from them.”