22 Mar 2018

Higher incidence of racial discrimination in Nova Scotia relative to elsewhere in Atlantic Canada

  • Overall, more than two in ten Nova Scotia residents have experienced racial discrimination, with nearly two in ten residents having been discriminated against within the last five years, and six percent having experienced such an incident five years ago or more
  • The likelihood of experiencing racial discrimination Nova Scotia is slightly higher than that of the other Atlantic Canadian provinces
  • Across the Nova Scotia population, the likelihood of having most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years is elevated among residents under 35 years of age

HALIFAX, NS March 22, 2018: Just over two in ten Nova Scotia residents report having experienced racial discrimination in their lifetime, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

To better understand the prevalence in Nova Scotia, residents were asked when, if at all, they last experienced racial discrimination. Overall, slightly more than two in ten (22%) Nova Scotians indicate that they have been racially discriminated against, with nearly two in ten (16%) having most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years, and six percent having most recently experienced such an incident five years ago or more. Meanwhile, three-quarters (77%) of residents have never been racially discriminated against.

Across Atlantic Canada, the likelihood of experiencing racial discrimination in Nova Scotia is slightly higher than that of New Brunswick (16%), Newfoundland and Labrador (13%), and Prince Edward Island (12%). Nova Scotia also has a higher percentage of visible minorities, compared to other provinces in the region. Across the population of Nova Scotia, residents under 35 years of age (33%) are more likely than their older counterparts to have most recently experienced racial discrimination within the last five years (12% for those aged 35 to 54 years, and 10% for those aged 55 years or older).

“While on the surface, the percentage of those who have experienced racial discrimination appears low, it must be remembered that the percentage of visible minorities in Nova Scotia is also low,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “The results suggest, most, if not all, of those in visible minorities have faced some form of racial discrimination in the past.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 384 adult Nova Scotians, conducted from February 1 to 25, 2018, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

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Amanda Bates