News Releases & Statements


NCCM: Government’s Terrorism Report Unfairly Stigmatizes Canadian Minority Communities

-For Immediate Release- Urges government to recognize report's deeply flawed nature and to stop using misleading language in public reports (Ottawa – December 14, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacyorganization, says that the federal government's 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada unfairly stigmatizes Canadian Muslim communities and other racialized minority groups while minimizing the growing role of white supremacist and far-right groups in perpetuating violent attacks inside Canada....

Read More


Hate Crimes Targeting Muslims in Canada Up 151% in 2017, According to New Data

-For Immediate Release- Statistics Canada data released today shows stark increases in hate crimes against most racial, religious and other minority groups (Ottawa - November 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says it is deeply concerned by new data from Statistics Canada showing significant country-wide increases in police-reported hate crimes in 2017. Hate crimes increased by 47% overall, while those targeting Muslims increased by 151%. Black and Jewish communities also saw disturbing increases of 50% and 63% respectively. “The data, ...

Read More


(EN/FR) NCCM: New ‘Open Letter’ to Government Calls for January 29 to be National Day of Action against Hate & Intolerance

La version en français suit – For Immediate Release – (Ottawa – November 22, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today sent an open letter to the federal government urging them to designate January 29 as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance. The NCCM previously called on the government to designate this day as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia following the horrific Islamophobic attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in which 6 men were killed and many others injured almost two years ...

Read More


NCCM condemns horrific shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 27, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) categorically denounces today's devastating attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of several Jewish worshippers. Law enforcement in the United States have said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, with many noting this may be the deadliest antisemitic attack in the country’s history. “With heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community following ...

Read More


(Eng/Fre): Quebec Court of Appeal Upholds Religious Freedom in Hijab Case

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - NCCM says decision in favour of Rania El-Alloul is “a significant victory for fundamental rights and freedoms” (Montreal – October 3, 2018) The Quebec Court of Appeal today issued its decision in the case of Rania El-Alloul, definitively ruling that no person can be prohibited from wearing their hijab in the courtroom if it is worn on the basis of their sincerely held religious belief and does not conflict with an overriding public interest. In 2016, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled that Montreal resident ...

Read More


NCCM, UARR & Other Community Groups Denounce Planned Hate Rallies in Toronto

-For Immediate Release- (Toronto – September 7, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) categorically condemn the rallies due to be held in Toronto on Saturday September 8 by Pegida Canada and on September 9 by the Canadian Combat Coalition. While ostensibly about commemorating the 9/11 attacks and in remembrance of the “victims of Islamism”, the Islamophobic and anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric employed regularly by both groups is deeply troubling. Pegida Canada is an offshoot of the European ...

Read More


NCCM, UARR Welcome WCAI Decision to Postpone Hate Rally

(Toronto - August 9, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) welcome news of the postponement of an anti-Muslim hate rally which was due to be held in Toronto on Saturday August 11 by the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Coalition Against Islam” (WCAI). The NCCM, UARR and a consortium of community organizations were due to hold a News Conference at Toronto City Hall to denounce this rally on Friday morning. This conference is now cancelled. “While we welcome the postponement of the planned rally, we note ...

Read More


NCCM Condemns Horrific Shooting in Toronto

- For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – July 23, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the repulsive attack last night in Toronto. According to police and media reports, a gunman opened fire on a bustling street in the Danforth area, shooting fifteen people. Two victims have died. Toronto Police are continuing to investigate, but have identified the shooter as Faisal Hussain. “We are shocked and angered by this shooting attack in Toronto. This was a horrific act of violence. ...

Read More


NCCM Denounces Hate-Motivated Assault of Mississauga Man

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – July 18, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal assault of a Mississauga man, Muhammad Abu Marzouk, near the Mississauga Valley Community Centre on Sunday night following a picnic with his family. According to media reports, Mr. Marzouk and his family - including his wife and two young daughters - were returning home when two men who were passing began kicking the victim’s car, shouting at the family ...

Read More


EN/FR: NCCM & CCLA Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62 / Le CNMC et l’ACLC parviennent à obtenir un autre sursis sur l’adoption du projet de loi 62 du gouvernement du Québec

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last December, the Quebec Superior Court granted the NCCM and CCLA an interim stay until July 1, 2018, pending the Quebec government’s release of official guidelines governing how the restriction on face ...

Read More