News Releases & Statements


New Poll Shows 1 in 4 Canadians Believe Anti-Muslim Prejudice is Becoming More Acceptable

- For Immediate Release – NCCM notes correlation between poll and increased hate crimes targeting Muslims (Ottawa – May 21, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, is deeply concerned to learn of a new poll showing that more than a quarter of Canadians feel it has become “more acceptable” to be prejudiced against Muslims over the past five years. The survey of just over 1,000 Canadians was conducted in April this year by Ipsos. “This new data, while concerning, is not a surprise to us ...

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NCCM Submission on Discriminatory Bill 21

As the Bill 21 hearings conclude in Quebec today, May 17, 2019,  the NCCM has released its own submission to the Quebec National Assembly despite not being invited to attend the hearings at all. This was the case for many organizations representing minority groups that would be directly affected by the discriminatory Bill 21 if it becomes law, including Sikhs, Jews and Muslims. "The NCCM firmly denounces the discriminatory underpinnings of Bill 21. The consultative process surrounding the Bill silenced the communities that are most affected by its proposed measures. ...

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NCCM Welcomes Changes to Security Infrastructure Program

Broadening of SIP funding an important step in making Canadians safer in places of worship (Ottawa – May 16, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness this morning regarding the expansion of the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). “The changes, which allow for dedicated funding to train staff around emergency preparedness, as well as expanding the scope of security enhancements, is welcome and an important step in making Canadians safer,” says Mustafa Farooq, NCCM ...

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NCCM: Bill 21 Hearings Are Little More Than ‘Political Theatre’

Le texte françias suit Hearings may give illusion of democracy, but religious groups affected by the Bill aren’t fooled. (Montreal - May 7, 2019) Today, as hearings commence in Quebec for Bill 21, the Quebec branch of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) participated in a press conference earlier this morning alongside a number of organizations representing religious minorities. The groups gathered to express their staunch opposition to the lack of consultation with religious communities most seriously affected by the discriminatory Bill 21. “The ...

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NCCM Says Bill C-59 Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect Civil Liberties of Canadians

NCCM representatives to appear at Senate hearing on Bill C-59 today (Ottawa – May 6, 2019) Following many years of sustained advocacy on national security files affecting Canadian Muslims, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) will present at the Senate hearing on Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters. Bill C-59 was tabled by the Liberal government to make critical improvements to existing national security laws enacted by the previous Conservative government (namely, Bill C-51). As Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the NCCM noted, ...

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2017 Hate Crime Data Reveals Stark Increase in Anti-Muslim Attacks

Expanded data released today shows some consideration for intersectionality and online hate; but NCCM says more work on these gaps is required. (Ottawa – April 30, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has reviewed today’s release of expanded data on police-reported hate crimes in 2017 by Statistics Canada. Short-release data from 2017 published in November last year showed a disturbing spike in hate crimes generally (47% increase), as well as for crimes specifically targeting Muslims (up 151%). Today’s expanded data includes further details on ...

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NCCM says CAQ government’s so-called secularism bill creates second-class citizens

-For Immediate Release- Fears grow in Muslim community as CAQ tables discriminatory 'Bill 21' today (Montreal – March 28, 2019) The Quebec office of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, says the Coalition Avenir de Quebec (CAQ) government’s so-called secularism bill - Bill 21 - tabled today will render Quebec Muslims and other minority communities second-class citizens. “The CAQ government has introduced this discriminatory legislation without engaging in any consultation whatsoever with impacted ...

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NCCM Condemns Horrific Terrorist Attacks on New Zealand Mosques

-For Immediate Release- Urges increased security measures and precautions at Canadian mosques and Islamic centres (Ottawa – March 15, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, condemns the devastating terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that claimed the lives of at least forty-nine Muslim worshippers and injured 48 more. "We denounce in the strongest possible terms the hate-driven carnage inflicted on the Muslim community in New Zealand. We mourn for the lives of the ...

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NCCM Responds to Supreme Court Dismissal of Webber Academy Case on Religious Accommodation

-For Immediate Release- Decision means complainants must re-litigate reasonable accommodation case 8 years on (Ottawa - February 28, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, today expressed its disappointment at yet another delay of justice in the Webber Academy case. The case involves two Canadian Muslim students whose constitutionally protected rights to religious accommodation were denied when they were prevented from praying at Webber Academy, a non-denominational private school in Calgary. ...

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Quebec Mosque Shooter Sentenced to 40 Years Before Parole Eligibility

-For Immediate Release- Court recognizes attack as a hate crime that ‘tore at the fabric of society’ (Quebec City - February 8, 2019) Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced today to 40 years in prison before parole eligibility for the killing of six Muslim men, and the attempted murder of 35 other worshippers, in the Islamophobic attack at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ) on January 29, 2017. As the judge handed down the sentence, he reiterated the devastating impact of Bissonnette’s hateful actions on the survivors, the ...

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