On Monday, the Ontario government announced a $327,000 donation to the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. The money will support diversity training for teachers, as well as a youth summer camp with a focus on human rights.
Data from Statistics Canada shows across the country, there were 296 police-reported hate crimes against Jewish people in 2019 – the largest number among religious groups.
Similar statistics come from Toronto police throughout 2020, finding 63 out of the 210 reported hate crimes had targeted the city’s Jewish community.
“Antisemitism is a scourge and historic evil that must be eradicated from our schools, from our communities, and from the hearts of all Canadians,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce in a statement. “We will fight antisemitism with every tool available to us to ensure Jewish students feel safe and supported in Ontario schools.”