Earlier this week, Statistics Canada released its report on Police-Reported Hate Crimes 2016, saying in part:Police reported 460 hate crimes targeting religious groups in 2016, 9 fewer than in the previous year. These accounted for one-third of all hate crimes in Canada.Following a notable increase in hate crimes against the Muslim population in 2015, police reported 20 fewer in 2016 for a total of 139. The decrease in police-reported hate crimes against Muslims was the result of fewer reported incidents in Quebec (-16), Alberta (-8) and Ontario (-6).Similarly, after an increase in 2015, hate crimes against Catholics also decreased, from 55 to 27 in 2016. Ontario reported 16 fewer incidents, and declines were also seen in Quebec (-7) and the Atlantic provinces (-5).In contrast, hate crimes against the Jewish population grew from 178 to 221 incidents. Increases were seen in Ontario ( 31), Quebec ( 11) and Manitoba ( 7).